The half dozen or so Americans who actually got really excited
the other day about the prospect of Nissan selling its new Maxima diesel only with a manual transmission
can go back to their routines. The rest of you who abhor the thought of manipulating a third pedal can now go back and re-consider the new compression ignition option. One of the crew from Motive met up with a
engineer at a
media drive and posed the question of transmission choice. It looks like U.S. drivers who opt for
will actually be saddled with an automatic regardless of their preference. While a manual is under consideration for the U.S. market, it's very unlikely to happen. With upwards of 95 percent of U.S. drivers opting for self shifting gearboxes, a manual probably wouldn't sell enough units here to justify the cost of certification.
thanks to Stu for the tip!