Mitsubishi Motors North America is pressing the Chrysler group to provide a pickup for Mitsubishi dealers.
No decision has been made, said Chrysler group CEO Dieter Zetsche at the New York International Auto Show.
The discussions between the two companies show cooperation between Chrysler, a unit of DaimlerChrysler AG, and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., a DaimlerChrysler affiliate.
This month, Chrysler group COO Wolfgang Bernhard said Chrysler will be able to assemble Mitsubishi versions of a new generation of small and mid-sized vehicles due at mid-decade.
Chrysler's next-generation Chrysler Sebring and PT Cruiser and Dodge Stratus and Neon will be developed from the same Mitsubishi Lancer platform. Mitsubishi plants also will be equipped to assemble the Chrysler and Dodge versions.
Zetsche called the cooperation with Mitsubishi on the new cars a "very positive experience, and we are looking for broad opportunities. We haven't announced a product decision" about a pickup.
Pierre Gagnon, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, says, "We have been yelling and screaming that we want a pickup for the U.S. market."
Mitsubishi's first choice would be to import its own pickup to the United States, but it is discouraged by a federal tax on imported two-door light trucks.
"We have no decision, but we are exploring all possibilities," including talking to Chrysler, Gagnon says.
He says Mitsubishi could sell as many as 40,000 premium, four-door pickups annually. He says a pickup about the size of Chevrolet's S10 is preferred.