Trade and Industry Secretary Alastair Darling has held talks with Ford about its plans for Jaguar and Land Rover.
He discussed the future of the businesses with Lewis Booth, the executive vice president of Ford Motor Company who oversees Ford of Europe.
Ford confirmed it was considering selling the manufacturers, but told Ministers that no decisions had been made.
A Department of Trade and Industry spokesman said: "They keep in touch on a regular basis and will continue to do so.
"The Secretary of State believes Land Rover and Jaguar are of great importance to this country. Land Rover is very profitable and Jaguar has a very well known and respected marque. They are well known British brands with excellent workforces."
The Prime Minister's official spokesman said the Government was in touch with Ford over the planned sell-off. "We still believe that both Land Rover and Jaguar are highly successful companies and will have a highly successful future," the spokesman said.
Erdington MP Siôn Simon (Lab), whose constituency includes the Jaguar plant in Birmingham, called on Ministers to set up a Jaguar-Land Rover Taskforce following the success of the Rover taskforce.
He said: "This is a very different situation because we are talking about a highly successful business, not one in crisis.
"But we do need to ensure that conditions are right for a successful sale, and that the workforce is supported every step of the way."
The MG Rover Taskforce was a partnership of Government agencies set up after BMW sold Rover in 2000.
It was originally created to deal with the expected damage to the region's economy if Rover folded.
The carmaker survived, but the Taskforce continued to play a vital role promoting diversity in the West Midlands economy and reducing dependence on automotive manufacturing.
When Rover did collapse in 2005, the Taskforce was revived to oversee help for the 6,271 former Longbridge staff.