Ford is making plans to get a return to the little pickup...

Ford is making plans to get a return to the little pickup truck market in the U.S. with a new variant of the Ranger

About making the truck in a factory in the Detroit suburb of Wayne, Michigan, the organization is negotiating, a person briefed on the matter said. A fresh little SUV which will be called the Bronco also is under discussion, said the man, who requested to not be identified as the discussions are a part of national contract discussions with no deal was reached.

Employs . workers more than 4,400 The 5-million-square-foot facility makes C-Max and the Focus compact gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle, but Ford intends to transfer those products in 2018 into a lower-price factory in Mexico.

“We actively are pursuing future vehicle options to make at Michigan Assembly and can discuss this problem with UAW direction within the approaching discussions,” spokeswoman Kristina Adamski said Wednesday in a statement.

Contract talks started with all three Detroit-area automakers.

Americans purchased more than ONE million little pick-ups annually, brought by their lesser costs, power and decent gas mileage to haul light loads. Sales tumbled when larger pick-ups, including the Ford F-150, caught up in fuel economy.

But GM has returned to the marketplace, selling almost 88,000 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon versions this year. Through July, modest pick-up sales are up 62 per cent to more than 211,000 Autodata Corp.

The smaller trucks, which tend to be more efficient that fullsize pick-ups, could help Ford and GM satisfy with authorities fuel economy conditions.

Ford says it is negotiating on a vehicle for the Wayne plant but would not talk about future products.