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  • avatar boomchek 06/24/08 2:52 pm PST

    One of the reasons manufacturers don't offer manuals as much as they used to is, from my experience, due to the fact that not many people buy them anymore. Automatic transmissions have come a long way since the 70s and 80s, and now in some cases offer better performance and fuel economy than some manuals in certain models.

    One of the reasons you still see manuals offered on base models, is to have low entry price point to adverstise for the whole model line (starting at only $9995 for example). Once you add automtic, and a bunch of options, the price jumps to $14995 for example. So on paper the lower price looks way more attractive and drives people into the showroom.

    There is some folks out there that do prefer manuals in loaded models, but from my experience working in the car biz (at Honda), the loaded model (Accord EX-L sedan with 5 speed) would sit on the lot forever until that 1 in 250 buyer came in and wanted to buy it. Another reason is that sometimes resale value is lower on manual tranny modesl than on automatics due to the fact that not as mnay people know how to drive stick, therefore when people are buying a new car they take that into consideration as well (whether they'll have trouble reselling the cdar later).

    So to summarize your question, it's mostly supply and demand, as well as marketing that drives what transmissions are put in what models.

    As for your Hybrid question, I belive that if you take a stripped down model and put a Hybrid premium on it, it will eclipse it's non hybrid counterpart with all the options and the pricing. Right now the Hybrids are treated more as "premium models" and in most cases those that have the money to pay a Hybrid premium also want to have all the bells and whistles.

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  • boomchek 06/24/08 2:52 pm PST

    One of the reasons manufacturers don't offer manuals as much as they used to is, from my experience, due to the fact that not many people buy them anymore. Automatic transmissions have come a long way since the 70s and 80s, and now in some cases offer better performance and fuel economy than some manuals in certain models.

    One of the reasons you still see manuals offered on base models, is to have low entry price point to adverstise for the whole model line (starting at only $9995 for example). Once you add automtic, and a bunch of options, the price jumps to $14995 for example. So on paper the lower price looks way more attractive and drives people into the showroom.

    There is some folks out there that do prefer manuals in loaded models, but from my experience working in the car biz (at Honda), the loaded model (Accord EX-L sedan with 5 speed) would sit on the lot forever until that 1 in 250 buyer came in and wanted to buy it. Another reason is that sometimes resale value is lower on manual tranny modesl than on automatics due to the fact that not as mnay people know how to drive stick, therefore when people are buying a new car they take that into consideration as well (whether they'll have trouble reselling the cdar later).

    So to summarize your question, it's mostly supply and demand, as well as marketing that drives what transmissions are put in what models.

    As for your Hybrid question, I belive that if you take a stripped down model and put a Hybrid premium on it, it will eclipse it's non hybrid counterpart with all the options and the pricing. Right now the Hybrids are treated more as "premium models" and in most cases those that have the money to pay a Hybrid premium also want to have all the bells and whistles.

  • dolen28 01/07/10 4:33 pm PST

    well, i do not have an answer, but share your frustration. i do not have any use for an automatic transmission (unless it is a pickup to pull a horse trailer---no shifting in that instance). i have been looking for a mustang for almost 7 months w/manual-and that is a sports car!!! most are auotmatic? wtf ? it is a sports car. i think people need to learn to drive a car...really drive a car! by actually shifting a gear...there you go. anyhow, i am frustrated. if it has right interior color, then not manual. if it is manual, then wrong int color (exterior i can be changed), why would a sports car be automatic? that is sacreligious. doesn't everyone want to shift for excelleration! a sports car. hello! i really think if we would teach our children how to drive a car, instead of sitting in it, like a video game and hit a pedal, then maybe we can turn things around...it would be safer...they could not speed away as easily w/manual trans...and actually have more control over what they are doing...no texting allowed.

    so now i am looking for a new everyday car also...a sedan, i may have to buy a foreign car just to get the manual trans i want. yiks! i am ford bias. so i thought a fusion, they actually come in manual trans, but i hear that car maybe short lived....what to do?

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