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)