Manual Transmission Sales On the Rise

Manual Transmission Sales On the Rise

Thanks to the rise of low-cost sports coupes, like the Scion FR-S and Hyundai Genesis Coupe, manual transmissions are on the rise, accounting for 7 percent of car sales so far this year.

In 2011, manual transmissions made up only three percent of auto sales. If this trend stays on course, 2012 will mark the most manual transmission cars sold since 2006.

Interestingly however, automakers are offering fewer manual transmission options. 64 percent of all 2012 cars are offered as automatic transmission only, while ten years ago, that number was a much smaller 45 percent. The fuel economy advantage offered by a stick-shift is also a thing of the past, with modern day automatics generally always besting their manual counterparts.

The growing age of vehicle trade-ins is cited as one main causes for the spike, as many baby-boomers are looking to replace their cars this year, most of which still opt for manual transmissions. Also, the amount of small cars on our roads has increased substantially, many of which offer cheap manual options that appeal to people.

It looks like this is simply a small spike though, and not a trend, based on the fact that many of today’s young drivers do not learn how to operate a stick shift.

[Source: LA Times]

  • dMnyc

    Ugh, the grammar in this article: “automakers are offering less manual transmission options” — REALLY? Don’t you mean “fewer”?

  • Sdfasd

    He can use any word he wants to. It’s his article.

  • llih

    two good reasons to get a manual….many nice 6 speed units….and anything beats a CVT.

  • Great… this article refers to an L.A. Times article which referred to an Edmunds article.  This on made a link to the LA Times which is fine, but The Times didn’t do the same for Edmunds.  Technically BOTH LA Times and Autoguide SHOULD have sourced this info to Edmunds.  Now I have to go tracking through the Edmunds site to see what I can find.