Only car enthusiasts and the like care about manual transmissions.
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Manual transmission cars are a massive majority in the United Kingdom. Autos rarely seem to get anywhere near as good mpg as a comparable manual, so whilst the emphasis is very much on getting better mileage for environmental and cost reasons, I can't see this changing.
+1 in the joy of rev matching as well!
That is a curious situation. America is an automatic-transmission market. But sporty drivers always chose a manual over the automatic transmissions, which used to be inefficient and have just three or four gears. But technology has moved forward—personally, I am actually quicker with an automatic than with a manual. Our European customers have understood that. But in the U.S., there is a small but very stable following of customers who simply insist on the manual. And that is not always easy for us: Our new M5 and M6 have so much power that a mismatched shift can easily destroy the transmission. It’s not easy. Therefore, for the first time, we have advanced our software to cut spikes and protect the transmission electronically.
Maybe in the US, but I've had a think and I can't think of a single person I know (Family, friends, acquaintances, staff) who drives an Automatic.
I would bet that 75% of cars sold in the UK are Manuals.
i'd think they lumped manual-matic gearboxes (e.g. DSG, PDK) into the manual category.
plus there seems to be a resurgence in demand for the clutch pedal, albeit only with low-volume niche cars -- audi tt-rs, vw gti r