With the German government taking a very cautious approach towards extending a helping hand to GM's Opel division (Vauxhall in the U.K.), a large group of the brand's dealerships have hatched a scheme that could see them take a minority stake in the company. Under the proposal, participating dealers would put 150 euros from each Opel or Vauxhall vehicle sold into an account for the next three years. The total investment would equal 400 million euros, which would only buy a minority stake in the automaker and is far short of the 3.3 billion euros ($4.15 billion) that General Motors says Opel needs to survive in its present state. Still, the dealers believe it would be a solid way to show their support for the brand and enough to show how serious they are about preserving the automaker and their investment in the company.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req. | Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty]

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