The Weekly Driver Podcast, #8: Transmission Shift

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Driving purists still appreciate shifting gears in their vehicles. But driving a new car with a manual transmission is rare these days. Automotive industry data companies estimate about only about three percent of new vehicles sold in the United States are equipped with manual transmissions.

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In this episode, we discuss the reasons behind the shift in transmission preferences. We discuss continuously variable transmissions and dual-clutch transmissions.

The Ford Mustang is a favorite with a manual or automatic transmission.
The Ford Mustang is a favorite with an automatic or manual transmission.

The shift in shifting also has other ramifications, including resale values, gas mileage average and how manufacturers view the industry.

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Automatic transmissions were once viewed as a vehicle upgrade and with a corresponding price increase. Now in some instances, manual transmissions are options with an increased price. But there also automobiles available with automatic or manuals transmissions — and at the same price.

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1 thought on “The Weekly Driver Podcast, #8: Transmission Shift”

  1. Very interesting podcast. Brought back memories. I learned to drive on a stick (Corvair) and remember mom driving “a stick” when I was a kid except “the stick” came out of the steering wheel opposite the turn signal and not from between the front seats.

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