Good news, boys and girls (well, at least those of you who still like shifting for yourselves). Buick got in touch with us to correct some information that it had mistakenly announced; namely, that the 2015 Verano will lose its optional six-speed manual transmission. Apparently, that announcement was incorrect, and the compact sedan will indeed continue to offer a manual option for 2015, despite what we're certain is a low take rate. Additionally, the Desert Dusk Metallic paint that was said to come as part of an Appearance Package is no longer part of the deal. With that out of the way, we now return you to your regularly scheduled automotive-obsessive broadcast...


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      UconnHuskies22
      • 7 Months Ago
      Nice, now how about you give us a manual in the 6 cylinder ATS. I bet that would have a higher take rate than a manual verano.
        mikemaj82
        • 7 Months Ago
        @UconnHuskies22
        Because manuals belong in sports cars, not family sedans?
      Logan Abner
      • 7 Months Ago
      Lol just did a search on cars.com... There are exactly 7 manual Veranos for sale in the entire US right now. I would happily drive one though! The Verano is a seriously good car, and not just by GM standards.
        clquake
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Logan Abner
        Put your money where your mouth is, go buy one. Trade in whatever you're driving.
      audisp0rta4
      • 7 Months Ago
      We very nearly bought a base Verano for my gf to drive in 2012 (pre Turbo/6M). It was something like 23k. I still think that's an awesome value for a new car. Way more luxury than anything else in the price range, and the car steered pretty well for what it was. We would've got it, but she was randomly lured in by a used V8 Touareg and I couldn't argue the utility. I'd recommend the Verano to anyone who values quality over cheap thrills.
      speterjr
      • 7 Months Ago
      Does this apply to all Buick Veranos, or just the Turbo? It's a decent enough car with an automatic, but a manual would change the "personality."
      ccweems
      • 7 Months Ago
      I Think it is bold to continue the 6M transmission but in light of the number of drivers that can drive a manual I'm afraid it may become a fool's errand. May I suggest that they market the availability of the manual and moreover figure out how dealers can provide training on driving a manual. I bet anyone trained to drive a stick by the good graces of Buick will not only be a happy owner but will proselytize the benefits of owning a Buick to anyone that will stand still to hear it. Furthermore I'll give out my proven method of learning a stick. It's based on the movie City Slickers and Curly's (Jack Palance) advice on gaining happiness: "Its one thing". Same thing in a car. Go to a big parking lot with student and tell them that they are expected to stall the car but since they will be going slow it is no big deal and it won't hurt the car. Also tell them that they will only learn only one new thing per lesson and will practice that one thing not only until they can do it but until they are sick of it. They are expected to be able to brake and steer. Agenda is as follows: Lesson 1 Student Controls: steering wheel, clutch, brake Instructor Controls: shift lever, ignition Student presses on clutch, instructor shifts into first, start car and then using only idling speed (no throttle pedal used) the student very slowly lifts their left foot to engage clutch. Once gears are engaged student presses clutch to firewall then brakes to stop. Near beginning have student let out clutch quickly with the intent to stall. Occasionally have student stall on purpose to show that you are not worried about car and they shouldn't be worried about the occasional stall. Repeat the idle speed with clutch engagement 50 times. If student is doing well and there is plenty of room instructor will shift into second gear when clutch is depressed. Student lets clutch out and finds themselves in second gear which is as intended. Direct student to press on clutch then brake. Accolades to student for getting into second gear on the first day. To be continued...
      CV
      • 7 Months Ago
      AWESOME! If it would have been available, we would have bought it on our 2013 Malibu
      mikemaj82
      • 7 Months Ago
      This does kind of make sense, since Buick is always associated with old people, and old people grew up driving manual transmissions. Old technology for the old folks I guess.
      SquareFour
      • 7 Months Ago
      A sort of Catch 22 here for Buick (and me too): I'm fairly representative of guys who buys manuals, but I'm also representative of guys who don't buy Buick Veranos, so while I think it's great they're offering a manual Verano, I won't be buying one.
      Jason
      • 7 Months Ago
      "Ahh, man! Awesome!" says no one (who was actually going to buy a manual trans Verano new).
      6speed
      • 7 Months Ago
      Great! The car everybody claims they would buy if it were built, and then never do.
        ScottT
        • 7 Months Ago
        @6speed
        With this car, I agree. They will sell dozens of these in manual format.
        Quen47
        • 7 Months Ago
        @6speed
        Nah, it still needs a diesel, awd, hatchback/wagon variant. COME ON GM! THERE ARE DOZENS OF US WAITING!!!
      v6sonoma
      • 7 Months Ago
      This makes me very happy! =)
      robert
      • 7 Months Ago
      Good news for the couple of people who want a manual Verano.
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