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Don't call it a comeback...

Many automotive enthusiasts have been lamenting the fact that automakers are starting to shy away from the manual transmission. Most automakers cite that take rates for manual transmissions are in steady decline. This is due to several factors, one of which being that many modern automatic transmissions now get better fuel economy than manual transmissions thanks to having more forward gears.
 
Some sports car companies are sticking with the manual transmission and are actually adding gears, such as Porsche. Porsche unveiled a seven-speed manual transmission for its sports cars not long ago.
 
While Porsche is sticking with the manual transmission, BMW has announced that it is axing the manual as an option for its M5 and Audi has discontinued manual transmissions in some of its vehicles in Europe.
 
According to Edmunds.com, the manual transmission has made a slight comeback this year. According to statistics put together by the website, 7% of all new cars sold in 2012 are equipped with manual transmissions. That is a massive decline from 20 years ago when one out of every four cars sold had a manual transmission. However, 7% is much higher than the 3.9% take rate for manual transmissions last year. 2012 is on track to be the year with the highest rate for manual transmission vehicle purchases since 2006.
 
"A combination of factors - from the growing age of vehicle trade-ins bringing more manual drivers back to market, to a greater proportion of smaller cars on the road - is creating a small spike for stick shifts," says Edmunds.com Industry Analyst Ivan Drury. "But even though manual cars are on the rise now, they're on track to be virtually extinct in the next 15 to 20 years."
 
Edmunds.com also reports that 64% of all 2012 model year vehicles are only offered with automatic transmissions. Ten years ago, the number of vehicles that weren't available with the manual transmission was must lower at 48%.
 
It's worth noting that some sports cars are only offered with manual transmissions, including the Audi TT RS, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Fiat 500 Abarth, Ford Shelby GT500, MazdaSpeed 3, and Volkswagen Golf R.

Source: MarketWatch



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RE: Not much point really.
By MrBlastman on 8/2/2012 10:56:36 AM , Rating: 2
But why drive a 3,300-pound "boring" family sedan when you don't have to?

You could go out right now and get a Subaru WRX STi wagon (or a WRX wagon), throw your kid in the backseat, pile the trunk full of groceries (it's plenty big in the wagon) and whip them around corners at blurring speeds. Who knows, your kid might even like it and wildly yell out, "Whee!!!! Go faster, Daddy!"

I know this because I have and do just that. My two-year old daughter... loves it!

Note: None of this is to be done when the wife is in the car unless you want to deprive yourself of coital pleasure for an indeterminable length of time.

Life doesn't have to be dull and boring. Live it hard, and the emphasis is on the "living" part.


RE: Not much point really.
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/2/2012 11:12:12 AM , Rating: 2
Because I had a hatch previously, and a fun one at that (2006 Mazda3 Hatch). Got tired of the noisy cabin, relatively stiff ride, thrashy engine, etc.

I'm in my 30s now, I'm more laid back and want something a bit cushier. My Sonata 2.0t has more trunk space than the Mazda did under the cargo cover, and more backseat room for the rear-facing car seat without having to push the front seat all the way up.

It's also faster and gets better gas mileage and is an excellent highway cruiser for our many trips to the beach, mountains, visiting family, etc.

As for Subarus WRXs in general, I find them to be incredibly hideous with sh*tty interiors and cheapass paint jobs that chip and peel just by looking at them (just like my old Mazda). I'd rather have a GTI or a Focus ST over a WRX any day.

Sorry Reclaimer ;)


RE: Not much point really.
By MrBlastman on 8/2/2012 11:35:24 AM , Rating: 3
I'm 37 and haven't let that stop me. :P

After having almost kicked the bucket a few years ago, I look at life differently. If you don't live it, you're wasting it.

You're right about the interiors and the chipping paint. They're known for that. Anyone buying one should know it beforehand. But, that's not what you're buying one for anyways. You buy one because they are a total blast to drive and murder the curves like they aren't even there.

I tried out a Mazda 3 before I got my WRX in '04--it was neat but not nearly as fast. It had a decent interior though and the clutch/shifting was very tight and smooth--far less clunky than my Subaru. In the end though, I wanted a more "raw" experience.

It's the same reason people buy a Lotus Elise. You might think they get them for their looks (they're pretty ugly) but deep down inside, they're a nasty car that beats you up in the seat.

That rear facing car seat won't last for long--1-2 years max. :) Trust me, I know. Mine went away fast. I've often wondered what it must have felt like for my daughter around those curves looking the other way, though.


RE: Not much point really.
By Spuke on 8/2/2012 12:34:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm 37 and haven't let that stop me. :P
43 here and daily drive a two seat, sports car. Wouldn't have it any other way (107k and counting).


RE: Not much point really.
By unplug on 8/2/2012 12:58:50 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If you don't live it, you're wasting it.


Agree 100%.

I'm in a process of selling my manual Supra. Replaced it with Sportshift Vantage, wow what a blast to drive. It doesn't feel like an automatic, the way it changes gears in sportshift and the "automatic" mode, is like I'm pressing the clutch in, I get the nice jerk and all.

Never go full-automatic!


RE: Not much point really.
By Spuke on 8/2/2012 12:33:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'd rather have a GTI or a Focus ST over a WRX any day.
A Focus ST would be sweet. I just wish someone had the balls to make a RWD hatch. The ST would awesome if it was RWD (and didn't have Prius tires...looking at you Scion FR-S). I'd sell my car today if that happened.


RE: Not much point really.
By Reclaimer77 on 8/2/12, Rating: -1
RE: Not much point really.
By MrBlastman on 8/2/2012 2:23:29 PM , Rating: 2
Quote him in teh OT on NASIOC. They'll tear him apart. ;)


RE: Not much point really.
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/2/2012 2:41:33 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone who takes it that seriously needs to get a life or get laid... or both. It's just a car, it's not like I'm insulting your/their mom ;)


RE: Not much point really.
By MrBlastman on 8/2/2012 2:52:21 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm. We can get away with "Yo Mama" jokes on here?...


RE: Not much point really.
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/2/2012 3:01:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yo momma so ugly, she looks like Willem Dafoe with hair extensions ;)


RE: Not much point really.
By MrBlastman on 8/2/2012 3:10:16 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah?

Yo mama is so fat that when she goes to the butcher to get a ham they tell her, "Sorry, we don't slaughter here."

:P


RE: Not much point really.
By Spuke on 8/2/2012 3:32:16 PM , Rating: 2
Yo mama is so fat that when NASA shot her into space, she wasn't weightless so she came back down.


RE: Not much point really.
By MrBlastman on 8/2/2012 3:50:26 PM , Rating: 2
lol

Yo mama is so fat that when she wants some vegetables to eat, all she has to do is lift up some folds on her belly and scrape!


RE: Not much point really.
By DiscoWade on 8/2/2012 6:07:24 PM , Rating: 2
Yo mama so fat she has her own zip code.


RE: Not much point really.
By Reclaimer77 on 8/2/2012 5:47:37 PM , Rating: 2
Shelly is NOT just a car, Brandon. I love her, I feed her, I care for her, I....well, let's just leave it at that :)

It's a Subaru thing man, you wouldn't understand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlcU1UlztBk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ7R_buZPSo&feature...


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