Electric cars rarely have a gearbox and if they do have one, it’s an automatic. For example, the fastest Porsche Taycan has two gears. It is therefore a given that the manual gearbox will eventually disappear. But even now that car brands are still selling petrol cars in abundance, cars without an automatic transmission are becoming increasingly rare. There have been rumors in recent days about the complete extinction of the manual transmission at Volkswagen.
Volkswagen does not stop with the manual transmission right away
With the next generation of the Tiguan, it is no longer possible to change gears with a clutch pedal. The crossover only comes as an automatic, but of course just with flippers behind the wheel. The Passat also comes exclusively with the DSG automatic transmission. This news was interpreted as the end of the manual transmission at Volkswagen, but it is a bit more nuanced.
The manual gearbox does not disappear with smaller models
The smaller cars with a combustion engine will remain available with a manual transmission at least until the end of the decade, Volkswagen reports. Think of the Volkswagen Up and the Polo, for example. Electric cars will of course always come with an automatic transmission. The nicer models with a manual gearbox, for example the Golf GTI, unfortunately do not come to the Netherlands.
The end of the manual gearbox at Volkswagen
Sales of petrol and diesel engines in Europe will stop in 2035. You can say with some certainty that it is done with the manual gearbox. Volkswagen previously indicated that the brand wants to stop using the combustion engine between 2033 and 2035. If the line-up of small city cars is fully electric, then it could just be that the manual gearbox has already disappeared from VW.