Is the manual a dying breed? According to Road & Track who looked at the numbers, the answer isn’t what you might expect.
Based on the numbers it would appear that manual buyers aren’t shrinking. Rather it’s the cars that have been traditionally manual that are picking up more automatic-minded buyers. The article references the VW GTI and 3 Series to prove this point fairly convincingly.
The big question in our minds however, how long will we continue to see the manual even offered outside of the smaller BMWs, coupes and M products? With BMWs being bought in greater numbers by the general populace and automatics becomes faster and more efficient, count us concerned.