If you’re still blasting Chevy for not offering a manual transmission in the new mid-engine 2020 Corvette, here’s some news that might help you put GM’s decision in perspective.
What it boils down to is a simple matter of supply and demand.
The demand just isn’t there for manual transmissions anymore, at least according to information compiled by J.D. Power and its Power Information Network.
In fact, Green Car Reports cited that J.D. Power data to point out that sales of all-electric vehicles surpassed those of vehicles with manual transmissions for the first time ever in the United States last year.
And with EV sales of 270,000 units representing a minuscule 1.6 percent of the market last year, that’s not saying much for the demand for manual transmissions, which were installed in only 1.1 percent of vehicles in 2019.
The future doesn’t look bright for manuals, either. That 2019 figure of 1.1 percent was down considerably over 2018’s 1.6 percent.
The gap between EVs and manuals will only continue to climb, too, as General Motors and other automakers are really pushing an electrifying future.
Might be a good time to go pick up a great deal on a manual C7 if you still have a hankering to shift gears for yourself.
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