I think the rumours are true and there is probably a press embargo on the story.
Maybe linked to the story of Renault buying Jag off Ford. See viewtopic.php?t=362
There must be something to all of this. Too many snide comments in the press and by motoring journalists for it to be unfounded rumour.
Maybe I'm a cynic but there are good times to announce bad news and those in the know are waiting their cue. After the Xmas hols maybe? Who knows.
Hate to be selfish but my concern is with residuals