- Jun 24, 2014
Motor Authority implores us to Give A Shift about manual transmissions
The video, which is a dead-on parody of Sarah McLachlan's ASPCA commercials, implores enthusiasts to keep the manual alive by owning one. Not only are they probably safer, but the tactile control creates a bond between man and machine that's absent with an automatic. It's certainly a welcome message to our ears and very similar to the Save the Manuals campaign from Car and Driver from 2010.
The manual transmission battleground is now in the world of performance cars, and enthusiasts at least have a beachhead there. The latest Corvette and Camaro both reportedly have a stick shift take rate of around 30 percent. However, every Porsche with PDK or similar choice might be one more nail in the coffin for the clutch pedal. Let's keep that from happening. Scroll down to watch Motor Authority's PSA and do what you can to keep the H-pattern gearbox on the road.