South Africa isn’t considered an auto industry magnet. Yet, the government there would love to lure the Big Three auto makers into setting up shop. And it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Representatives from GM, Ford and Chrysler recently met with the country’s trade and investment officials to explore the idea. Up to now, U.S. car makers have shown little interest in setting up global plants there primarily because South Africa and its neighboring countries lack strong auto ...

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