PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- The Chrysler group and Mitsubishi are talking about sharing derivatives of the Dodge minivan and Durango SUV with Mitsubishi dealers in the United States.
The move would mark a deepening of ties among DaimlerChrysler AG companies and affiliates. Mitsubishi is scheduled to sell a version of the Dodge Dakota pickup in 2005.
"We are looking across segments for other opportunities," Chrysler group CEO Dieter Zetsche said at a press event here. "We may not come up with a viable business case" for a vehicle other than the Dakota-based vehicle for Mitsubishi.
Or, he added, "it might be that we do. That is where we are right now."
The vehicles would be built at Chrysler plants.
Last April, Chrysler and Mitsubishi were signaling that they were discussing the possibility of sharing a Dodge pickup. Last month at the Detroit auto show, Mitsubishi unveiled its version of that pickup. It is based on the redesigned 2005 Dodge Dakota, which will be shown this week at the Chicago Auto Show.
Mitsubishi does not offer a minivan in North America, but it has four SUVs: the Endeavor, Outlander, Montero and the Montero Sport. A spokeswoman would not confirm the discussions.
"I don't want you to type 'no comment' from Mitsubishi, but we really are concentrating on what we are working on right now, our new vehicles in our new segment,'' said spokeswoman Janis Little. "We continue to review our product plans."