So, MG Rover has gone, Jaguar's Browns Lane plant has gone, Peugeot at Ryton is going...who will be next?
Land Rover? The rest of Jaguar?
Perhaps not so stupid. Time to think the unthinkable.
As an industry expert noted this week, global automotive manufacturers are now able to treat the UK motor industry like a "political football".
The collapse of MG Rover has left us without a local champion which can hold the sector together, Michael Wynn-Williams, of automotive research company Trend Tracker, claimed.
Even if production is restored in some limited form in Birmingham by the new owners Nanjing Automobile Corporation, Longbridge's future could be like Ryton - kept working only as long as it is useful to its overseas masters. The operations of Jaguar and Land Rover - both owned by Ford - could be vulnerable in the future too, he suggested.
"What may happen is the production of Jaguar and Land Rover moves abroad, but the technical side, which has deep roots in Birmingham, will stay."
So you think Mr Wynn- Williams is exaggerating?
I wouldn't rule it out over the next five years.
I just happened to be meeting this week with one of the Midlands' leading insolvency experts, who will have to remain nameless. He believes Land Rover will be gone in that time period. And he says we had better start preparing for it now.
Land Rover's sales have been excellent over recent months but the 'terms of trade' are turning against it.
Sports utility vehicles are under big pressure in the United States, a crucial Land Rover market, in the wake of rising petrol costs. And its quality standards remain poor. It recently sank to the bottom of the 'bible' of quality surveys.
The company, which employs 7,300 at its Lode Lane factory in Solihull, was the lowest ranked manufacturer out of 37 in the JD Power and Associates Initial Quality Study. Its vehicles had 204 faults per 100 vehicles. This compared with an industry average of 124.
As for Jaguar, those rumours of a while back that it was being hawked around the world as Ford sought to find a buyer had a ring of truth about them despite the denials. Of course Ford insists there are no plans for any of this, and I am not saying I am right. I sincerely hope I'm wrong.
But, on the back of three factory closures on the bounce, don't ever believe car industry assurances.
Mr Wynn-Williams is correct - what's left of the UK motor industry is now simply a "political football".
* With one million foreign visitors expected to come to Germany during the duration of the World Cup, one would expect the hotel industry to be one of the main beneficiaries.
But, with occupancy rates no higher than during a usual June, many German hoteliers are disappointed. FIFA is under fire for block-booking then handing back one million unsold rooms.
So are all those ticketless England supporters sleeping in the street? Probably.