Driving without a gear lever and clutch pedal is an abomination to many people. But the manual transmission is dying out. VW will start eliminating this technology next year.
Cars with manual transmission will be a thing of the past at Volkswagen from next year: the Wolfsburg manufacturer will only use automatic transmissions for vehicles with combustion engines in the future due to cost savings, the magazine reports Auto Motor und Sport.
Even the next generation of the Tiguan SUV (from 2023) will therefore have to do without a gear lever and clutch pedal. The new Passat will also only be delivered with an automatic transmission from the same year. Then it is the turn of the other models. New generations of existing models will all get an automatic transmission. By 2030, VW will no longer be able to get a manual transmission at all.
The popularity of the gearbox has been declining for years. The majority of all models offered in both Germany and VW already have an automatic transmission on board, according to the German magazine. Especially with the more expensive cars, manual shifting is often the exception. Mercedes already announced last year that the manual gearbox is also coming to an end with that brand.
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