Auto News for July 11

Johan de Nysschen

Baseball players can declare free agency and so can auto executives. Johan de Nysschen, the head of Infiniti, is leaving the automaker to run Cadillac according to several reports. A formal announcement is expected later today, according to Reuters. de Nysschen worked at Audi for almost two decades before joining Infiniti in 2012. This could be a significant pick up for GM. De Nysschen is a motorcycle and performance automobile enthusiast and is currently based in Hong Kong but that soon will change.

Acura maintains that its MDX is America’s best-selling three-row luxury sport utility “not only in 2014, but of all time.” Through June sales are up 68 percent and “over its nearly 15-year history to 692,710 units making it the most popular three-row luxury SUV of all time,” the company said.

The best city to buy a used car is Miami followed by Cleveland, New York, and Stamford, Conn., according to a new report from Cargurus. The most expensive cities for used car shopping were Fresno, Seattle and El Paso. Prices in Miami were said to be 8 percent below the national average.

Chrysler is recalling 895,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models to repair wiring in the vanity mirror. Involved are model years 2011-14. Chrysler said the wiring may short circuit and cause a fire.

The Detroit News reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a half million Fords for steering problems. This covers 2004-07 Crown Vics and Grand Marquis (de Sade) models. The agency said the driver’s side exhaust manifold heat shield can rust and become dislodged, potentially jamming the steering shaft. One driver was involved in an accident after he said the steering locked up. Ford said it is cooperating with the agency.

There are still 8,176 original Minis driving around British roads according to WeLoveAnyCar.com.

 

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