Safety Features Likely to Kill the Manual Trans

May 25th, 2021 Chris Phillip
Safety Features Likely to Kill the Manual Trans
Do you remember the feeling when you mastered the clutch pedal?

Future generations are likely to not even know what a manual transmission is and the death blow may come from safety tech and not from dual-clutch automatics.

According to Automotive News and, "Automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control do not pose a direct threat to the manual gearbox." It is the development cost to adapt this new generation of safety tech to manual-trans cars when only 1.2 percent of new vehicles sold in the US have a stick shift.

For now, there are still manual-shift domestic and European imports available with row boxes, though some models may be special-order only and not commonly found on dealer lots.

One excellent exception is the Ford Mustang Mach 1, shown in this photo. It is available with a six-speed manual.

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