Manual Transmission Vehicles Make Slight Comeback in 2012
August 2, 2012 9:19 AM
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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.
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RE: Not much point really.
8/2/2012 1:41:48 PM
I guess I am spoiled with my current truck, 96 F150 with the 4.9L inline 6 in that I don't even need all 5 gears on a regular basis. If I am not hauling something heavy I normally just shift through 1,3,5 skipping 2 and 4. But when I can enter 5th at less than 35mph and still accelerate(though a little slowly if I do) why waste the time using them all.
I really miss my old 71 F100, I could drive that thing even in town using only 3rd gear( had 3 on the tree), just slip the clutch a little on takeoff and you were good to go in high gear. Most new vehicles have nice high horsepower ratings but terrible low end torque like those older ones. Heck that 71 you could dump the clutch at idle in 1st gear and it would bark the tires and take off without killing it, great vehicle for someone learning to drive :) couldn't kill it on takeoff, and geared so low it wouldn't hit 100mph even when you had the engine screaming and throwing oil out the breather at full throttle lol.
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