• Jul 21, 2010
Car and Driver wants to Save the Manuals – Click above to watch the video after the break

The minds at Car and Driver have anointed themselves the champions of the manual transmission. In order to defend the three-pedal way of life from the onslaught of apathetic automatics out there, the magazine has initiated a new awareness campaign under the "Save the Manuals" banner. The plan is more of an awareness movement than anything else, complete with PSA videos, stickers and buttons. Watch out slushboxes, this is a no-holds barred assault.

We've heard all of the arguments about why the age of the manual transmission is coming to a close – more efficient automatics, the rise of the double-clutch cog box, etc – but we still love rowing our own gears. Car and Driver has brought up an interesting point by saying that manuals can actually help cut down on distracted driving. How? It's bound to be quite a bit more difficult to text while driving something with a third pedal.

Whether that's true or not, we'll let you decide, but if you want to get in on the campaign to save the manual transmissions from the icy claw of extinction, you can hop over to Car and Driver to see what you can do. You may just get your very own sticker to announce your pride. Hit the jump to watch the PSA. Hat tip to Rokas!

[Source: Car and Driver]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm all for keep the manual transmission going strong, but alienating and bashing all other transmission types is just... UN-driver-like.

      Each transmission type occupies its own niche and there is no need to quibble over which transmission is "better". To each his/her own.
      adantium
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love how the wild cat goes to smell his crotch at the end. haha
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw a lady this morning in a suburban, at a stop light, putting on make-up. The light turns green and you can see her drop whatever she was holding, and almost hit the car in front when she hit the gas a little too much. I was thinking to myself, that BS probably wouldn't happen if she was driving a manual.

      So....I approve of this movement! I might actually subscribe to C/D just because of this.
      Alex Chettiath
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2001 Nissan Frontier with a five speed manual. I learned how to drive auto first and then learned manual with that truck. Ever since then, I only believe in manuals and will only buy manuals. Manuals all the way!!! I am also teaching my friends how to drive them because I want manuals to live forever!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love my manual tranny, I cant imagine any other way.

      www.post-anonymously.at.tc
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have 4 sons, ages 7, 15, 17, and 20. The two oldest have been taught to drive in my car, which has a 5 speed manual. If I get to 200,000 miles (it's at 140,000 now) so will my 15 year old. Hopefully they will still make manuals when my youngest is ready to learn.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The average driver only wants to get from A to B with minimal fuss, and would probably rather occupy themselves with txting/chatting/eating/applying makeup instead of shifting gears. Driving to them is just a means, not an end.

      That's why the clutch pedal is on the way out.

      For the record, I drive a manual... and only play GT:P with a G25 ^_^
      tartantart1
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I bought my new VW Jetta, the salesman tried to steer me to an automatic. I was adamant about the car having a stick. When he asked why, I laughed & said he helping me fight old age. To his puzzled look I said, when you drive a stick, your constantly thinking. Which gear am I in, do I down shift, up shift, pop it in neutral, clutch in, ease clutch out. Not to mention the gentle workout for my knees & hips. The medical community has stated, if you keep your brain active, constantly challenge it, you'll help fight senility. And in this day of rising gas prices, the mileage is better with a stick. When my 4 kids were learning to drive, they bemoaned me for not having an automatic to learn on. I told them, learn on a stick, you can always drive any vehicle. If your at a party & the "DD" isn't able to drive, then you can take the keys & drive. My kids all have sticks now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I drove automatic for years before learning to drive manual from a friend from work, and I'd never go back to auto - it's just plain fun to drive manual once you get past the learning curve. Driving auto feels like I'm whipping a tired horse now that I know the precision of manual.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think other auto magazines must also join in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be interesting to see auto users driving manuals. One thing for sure many of them would be shocked to find their cars rolling away. I observed many auto users never use their handbrakes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I go out of my way to find cars with manual transmissions. It is getting harder and harder.
      Thanks to the way the EPA certification works it makes it very cost-prohibitive for manufacturers to offer different drive train combinations as options so it's difficult to even find a new car you can order with a manual transmission.

      Personally, I think the reason that manual transmission cars don't sell well in the US is because they manufacturers completely misjudge the models they should be offering them on.
      Usually, if you can find a car with a manual transmission it will only be available on the most base model car with the smallest engine option and the least performance oriented drive line.
      They think that people would buy manual transmission for the frugality of it which in the US simply isn't true at all.
      People just wanting a car for simple, cheap transportation isn't interested in being more involved with driving their cars.

      Drivers that want manual transmissions want them because of the enjoyment of driving them, and they are likely to want other performance bits as well.
      It seems that if you are looking at used cars it is much easier to find a manual transmission in a more performance oriented car, BMW M3, Audi S4, Corvette, etc.


      Oh and yeah, Please don't call it a tranny...
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