There’s another layer at play here too and that’s the fact that manual transmissions in North America have dropped down now to only around 3.5% of the market. Apparently, Audi has dropped manuals entirely for 2019. New car buyers just aren’t interested in them any more.
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“Unfortunately,” Koons said in an email, “the customer demand for manuals is quite low.”
Sales of manual transmissions have been falling for decades – but their drop-off has accelerated in recent years.
Stick shifts represented 6.8 percent of U.S. vehicle sales in 2012, according to IHS Markit. But that figure has tumbled to an estimated 3.5 percent in 2018.
Take the Subaru BRZ. The popular sports car was once sold only with a manual transmission, but sales are now 90 percent automatic, Fiske estimated.
IHS projects that the percentage of cars sold with a manual transmission will fall to 2.6 percent in 2023. And Fiske said recent indicators may require IHS to update its forecast.
“We’re seeing it go even lower,” he said.