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    Opinion: Learning to drive stick shift makes people better drivers
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    Maybe, just maybe, it's safer and better for every road user if we all know how the gears that make the wheels go round ratchet up. There are an increasing number of endangered species in this turbulent world of ours, but none is rushing to extinction faster than the driver who can get from A ...

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    Report: Salon columnist asks, "Is it ethical to drive stick?" [w/poll]
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    Just don't answer. The question is neither relevant, nor is it even the crux of the column. Get past the clicky smelling headline, and what you have here is a combination of two news stories, one new and one old, both of which you've likely already come across. We're going to play nice here and ...

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    Report: Audi discontinues manual gearbox for S4 and S5 in Europe, U.S. models safe
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    Here's a bit of curiosity. GT Spirit is reporting that Audi has pulled the manual gearbox option for both the S4 and the S5 in Europe. The news comes courtesy of Fourtitude, who spoke with Barry Hoch, the product planning manager for Audi of America. Hoch said that while the sportier Audi models ...

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    Report: Lamborghini ditching manual transmissions
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    Lamborghini is apparently chomping at the bit to say arrivederci to the manual transmission. Motor Trend had a chance to speak with Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini's R&D director, and it appears that a manual gearbox doesn't fit into the automaker's plans for the future. The immediate ...

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    Audi expands A4 lineup with new FrontTrak model, six-speed manual on quattro
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Audi A4
    Audi is expanding its A4 line-up to include two new option levels on its entry-level sedan; one equipped with FrontTrak (read: front-wheel-drive) and another that finally offers a six-speed manual on the base quattro-equipped A4.The 2009 Audi ...

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    Honda announces 6-speed manual for 2010 Acura TL
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    Click on the above image for our high res 2009 Acura TL gallery
    Acura is again tossing enthusiasts a bone with a new six-speed manual transmission option for their 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD model. While the 2009 model is only available with a five-speed automatic with paddle shifters, next year will ...

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    Correction: Pontiac G8 GT will NOT have an optional 6-speed stick
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    Last week, we linked to a CarDomain piece about a lunch that gang had with GM's Bob Lutz. One of their topics of conversation with the product czar was manual transmissions, and it was reported that the '09 Pontiac G8 GT would be offered with an optional Tremec 6-speed manual transmission. This was ...

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    Lutz: '09 Pontiac G8 GT gets optional Tremec 6-speed stick
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the 2008 Pontiac G8 GTCarDomain recently sat for lunch with GM car czar Bob Lutz, and one of the topics that came up was the ever-vanishing manual transmission. Lutz explained that modern automatics are no longer the less efficient option by default, and with ...

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    Leak like the wind - Der Neue Scirocco brochure surfaces
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    It's not for us, but Volkswagen's moving ahead steadily with readying their new coupe. Heading a car for the showroom means that all the ancillary materials need to be created, too. They're likely shooting pictures of some preproduction model in an exotic locale as we write this, and the mundane ...

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    No manual option for the 2008 Pontiac G8?!
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    On the eve of what could be the revival of GM's "Excitement" division, it comes to light that the new Pontiac G8 will make the trek from Down Under sans stick. For whatever reason, General Motors has decided to offer the G8 – one of its sportiest and most potentially enthusiast-pleasing ...

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    Crooks who can't drive stick get caught
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    Driving a manual shift automobile is a bit like riding a bike in that most people only have to learn once. For two young men, learning how to drive a car the old-fashioned way never happened at all. As a result, when they tried to carjack a ride with a manual tranny, they didn't know what to do ...

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    Update on Ford's aspiration for a dual-clutch transmission
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    It looks like the dual-clutch preselector transmission is emerging as the leader in automated manuals. Volkswagen's DSG has been around a while and offers fewer compromises than less purpose-built manuals. Ford's champing at the bit to get their own trick DSG-like transmission into production, and ...

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    M5's traction control 'off' switch nixed for a reason
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    When Automobile got their paws on a six-speed manual version of the M5, they were none too pleased that BMW's engineers wouldn't allow drivers to fully disable the traction control. At the time, we assumed that BMW's legal boffins pictured overly enthusiastic Americans, stomping the go pedal and ...

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    Detroit Auto Show: Ford Interceptor official unveiling
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    click above image to view high-resolution gallery, now with 17 live shotsIt's been a long three weeks since Ford officially announced that the Interceptor concept would be debuting at the Detroit Auto Show, but the big, blocky sedan finally rolled onstage in Cobo Arena to an introduction by Ford ...

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    Automobile gets a 6-speed M5. Better, but not great.
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    When BMW opted to only make the M5 available with a seven-speed SMG gearbox, the hue and cry from U.S. purists was heard across the ocean. For 2007, BMW has finally decided to appease American customers by equipping the 500 HP uber-saloon with a six-speed manual, much to the apparent disgust of ...

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    BMW M5 shifts old-school
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    Purists will rejoice at the news that for 2007, BMW is offering its lightning-quick M5 with a manual transmission. Although the 500-hp super-sedan is capable of some jaw-dropping supercar-territory performance (like hitting sixty in 4.1 seconds), some enthusiasts have bemoaned its excessive use ...

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    Autoblog Maintenance 301: Transmission R&R, Part II
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    With the defective transmission finally removed from our Impala SS, it's time to tear it down to inspect for damage and replace any components that are deemed defective. Although we usually shy away from messing with automatic transmissions, manuals are usually simple enough to be serviced with a ...

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