If you’ve ever played Jenga, the high-pressure puzzle-game that demands dexterity, logic and guts, you have a vague notion of the challenges facing stakeholders in North America’s auto industry. The rules of Jenga are simple: Deconstruct a tower of blocks, piece by piece, without causing a collapse. (And you can’t take from the top.) Substitute the blocks for assembly plants and you have a snapshot of today’s auto industry. But skyrocketing gasoline prices have introduced a cruel ...

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