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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, 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 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." 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 Reclaimer77 on 8/2/2012 1:59:18 PM , Rating: -1
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 ;)


First Amendment or no, you can just keep that to yourself buddy. Don't make me quote you on RS 2.5 and Nasioc's forums! There will be death threats.

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."


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

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.

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