Auto News for July 9

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There will be a second generation of the Subaru BRZ sports car, according to a person who ought to know. In an interview with Automotive News, the president of Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru’s parent organization, confirmed there will be a new BRZ. When, where, how much, and what it will look like are all unanswered questions at this point. There has been speculation that Suby’s sporty coupe would not be updated if Toyota decides to build its sports car in cahoots with BMW.

I have driven both the Subaru and Scion versions of the car and thought they were lots of fun, but needing a medium size dose of refinement and maybe another 10 horsepower or so. Pictured is the 2015 BRZ Series Blue.

AutoTrader.com thinks the hot market is in compact and subcompact SUV’s such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Juke, and Buick Encore. It said sales of these vehicles have nearly doubled in the last six years. In short, younger drivers want something that can haul people and cargo, gets respectable gas mileage and doesn’t drive like a truck. And still to come are the subcompact Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade models.

One analyst from gasbuddy.com predicts that gas prices will move lower after Labor Day and consumers may see sub $3 prices in parts of the South, Rocky Mountains and Midwest, according to the Detroit Free Press. Gas prices are now about $3.65 nationally, but I saw one station in an affluent Maryland suburb where prices were just about $4 a gallon across the board, and $4.68 for premium. Ouch!

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