MG Rover and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation have written to the Longbridge carmaker's dealers to reassure them that the business has a future.
It was the first joint communication sent out by MG Rover and Shanghai Automotive, or Saic, under the joint venture that looks set to be signed in the next few weeks.
The letter said the dealers' existing agreements will be replaced by contracts with the new joint venture but on existing terms.
It also went to pains to reassure dealers that the joint venture will provide a secure future for them and for the company.
Richard Cort, the Manchester-based chairman of the MG Rover Franchise Board, was quoted yesterday as saying: "My genuine feeling about this is positive."
MG Rover yesterday denied a claim that the letter had spelled out that Longbridge would lose 2,300.
It is accepted that some jobs will go at Longbridge over the coming months, but not on the scale that some commentators have suggested.