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Does this come to a surprise to any of you. The way I see it more people are becoming auto enthusiasts and are looking to really learn how to drive.



According to Edmunds, 6.5 percent of new vehicles sold had a manual transmission, more than double that of 5 years ago. What’s next? The return of diesels? Wagons?


The USA Today article (which cites Edmunds data) notes that fuel economy is no longer a driving factor in the adoption of manuals. Instead, the cheaper prices, fun factor and ease of operation (relative to older manual transmissions, thanks to more user-friendly clutches and hill-hold systems) are spurring consumers to go for manual gearboxes. Of course, we still haven’t reached the 2002 industry high of 8.5 percent.

Ford notes that 10 percent of Focus sales are manual transmission cars, while Dodge expects 20 percent of their Dart compact sedans to come with three pedals rather than two. Ford claims that 25 percent of Focus buyers have an income over $100,000 – and that they are more likely to have traveled overseas, rented a stick shift car, and liked it enough to buy one for themselves.

Manual transmissions, aside from being fun, have also been touted as a way to keep kids from texting behind the wheel – a noble idea, but one that can easily be worked around. Not that I’d know first hand or anything… Not that I’d know first hand or anything…


Manual Transmissions Slightly More Popular | The Truth About Cars
 

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I think this is a good sign. I suppose the higher ownership is prlly to cheaper costs of owning but at least in this case, manual driving won't become a lost art. Also maybe more people will take pride in driving rather than seeing it as purely getting from point a to point b.
 

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I think this is a good sign. I suppose the higher ownership is prlly to cheaper costs of owning but at least in this case, manual driving won't become a lost art. Also maybe more people will take pride in driving rather than seeing it as purely getting from point a to point b.
I don't think manual driving will ever become a lost art, before I could say people choose manuals because of how much gas they save you but now automatic transmissions can help you get the same MPG or sometimes better.

The more manual drivers the better, cause those drivers are people who take driving seriously!
 

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Cheaper mileage on manuals was the main reason parents bought MT for their kids back in the day. Now it makes more sense to just buy Auto. Cheaper and easier to drive. Parent's don't have to teach how to shift and clutch to clumsy teenagers.

Kids driving MT these days either do it because that's the only car they have access to or they have a genuine interest in learning how to drive shift.
 
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