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[quote user=ShanusMaximus][quote user=MyOwnFlag][quote user=deokanon]Lol I don't get it. Fuck, I feel dumb.[/quote]I think he's suggesting that millennials can't drive a manual transmission.Which is absolute bullshit from my experience. Everyone I know drives a manual.[/quote]To be fair, you have to search far and wide in the States to get a manual option anymore. I love manual transmissions, personally. Far better control. In my experience, the younger people have ZERO desire to drive and still rely on family and friends to get them where they want to go if a bus or train doesn't go there. Which is basically anywhere outside of a metro area. They don't even want to attempt to get a license, which is stupid because it cuts out a massive amount of potential jobs.......[/quote]I think it came down to cost, as both america and europe are building cheaper cost auto transmissions every year, and a 5 speed transmission is still just a 5 speed transmission. I think it's also a mindset of luxury. European cars did it first with the electronic manual shift, now it's popular in America. They can build cheap automatic transmissions with the ability to shift "manually" for those who want to "race" or "go fast", or for those who know what it's for in a truck, tow stuff without breaking stuff.
But I'd still rather much prefer mechanical manual transmissions, obviously for the response. Arguments can be made in electronic control's favour, though.Bottom line, the american brands can do what european brands do and offer a car at affordable prices with an automatic transmission with electronic shift control, and all the cars pretty much have that now, even the cheap ford focus (selectshift).
I'm sure they'd still offer more manual option vehicles, but I'm also sure that there would be a much higher rate of warranty as well. There's just as many dumbasses who will buy that 5-speed car/truck that don't know how to operate a clutch for the life of them, or have that wife/significant other that rides it like a horribly-broken horse.
It seems you find the availability of manual transmissions in the more expensive models, and that's because the auto makers are fully aware that the people shelling out 10's if not hundreds of thousands of dollars for a 700 hp beast like the Hellcat are going to know how to drive it, whereas the dumbasses who can afford $30,000 300hp camaro's are going to be destroying their cars monthly if there is a third pedal involved.