Edmunds Notes Rise in Manual Vehicle Sales

Edmunds.com - July 31, 2012

Sev­en per­cent of new cars sold this year, and the auto indus­try is on pace for the high­est rate of man­u­al vehi­cle pur­chas­es since 2006.

Edmunds.com says the appeal is based on 5 pop­u­lar myths, although stick shifts are on track to be vir­tu­al­ly extinct with­in 15 to 20 years. Find out what’s dri­ving the upsurge.

  1. Cars with man­u­al trans­mis­sion always get bet­ter fuel econ­o­my than cars with auto­mat­ics.
    Vehi­cles with man­u­al trans­mis­sions gen­er­al­ly are more fuel-effi­cient than their auto­mat­ic coun­ter­parts, but not always, and not by much.
  2. A car with a man­u­al trans­mis­sion costs less than the same mod­el with an auto­mat­ic.
    In most cas­es, the man­u­al ver­sion of a car will indeed cost less, but in many instances, it will be the same price as an auto­mat­ic. (Read full arti­cle for remain­ing 3)
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