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.

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.

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.

Listen to the podcast below:


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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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