March 01, 2019

Stick shift on life support with most automakers: Are millennials to blame?

David MenziesMission Specialist

The Canadian International Auto Show wrapped up recently, and I left feeling deflated because fewer and fewer vehicles are available with a manual transmission.

Sadly, the stick shift is on life support with some automakers no longer offering any models with a stick, including Audi.

Last summer, Audi announced that none of their 2019’s destined for the U.S. and Canada would be available with a manual transmission.

What the hell? Audi makes some nifty performance machines including the Audi R8 which means if I ever do win the lottery, I’ll have to buy a used R8!

Besides the fun factor of a stick shift, it also makes your car theft-proof.

Personally, I think the decline of the stick shift is directly related to the rapid rise of mobile devices.

Way to go yet again millennials!

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commented 2019-03-01 16:57:04 -0500
Hilarious.. Sorry David, but the Manual Transmission is a Dinosaur… It’s history.. I’ve owned many cars with manuals in the past. My ‘85 Mustang GT, and my ’88 Suzuki Forsa Turbo included… Hell, I started out with an early sixties Chevy Impala with a “3 on the tree”.. Now? I have a 2018 Golf R… It’s my “retirement” car… And the neat thing about it is this… It’s not only faster than the Manual, it also gets better gas mileage.. And, I can switch it over to Manual.. It has a DSG Transmission… There are Paddles on the steering wheel… So, I get the best of both worlds.. Don’t misunderstand me, I still enjoy the Manual shifting.. But, times have changed… Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen are way ahead of the times, when it comes to performance.. My Golf R is the best car I’ve ever owned… I toy with Hemis and Mustang GT’s….