Chevy Colorado Rally Concept

Whenever a new contract between the United Auto Workers and a major automaker is being hashed out, interesting tidbits regarding future products seem to leak out. Such is the case with the barely finalized deal between General Motors and the UAW. A report from stltoday.com indicates that General Motors is negotiating with local union leaders from the Wentzville, Missouri plant to add 1,850 new workers and a second shift to build a midsize pickup truck.

Currently, the Wentzville plant builds the fullsize Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans. Adding an entire second product line and another shift to the plant makes us wonder if GM is rethinking whether or not to offer the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups in the States.

GM has shown off various iterations of the next Colorado in both concept (Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept and Show Truck) and production (2012 Holden Colorado) guises. We've also seen spy shots of mules being tested. As of this point, though, we've yet to hear official word from GM regarding the midsize truck's availability in the U.S. That said, the mouths of smaller-than-fullsize-pickup fans can officially start watering... now. Oh, and one more thing – would it be too much to ask for a small-displacement diesel?