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Study
Men are giving up on manual gearboxes quicker than women

A new study shows that far fewer people are ordering manual gearboxes on leased vehicles, and the drop even more pronounced among men.

Opinion
Learning to drive stick shift makes people better drivers

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.

Video
Ford engineer builds haptic shift knob with 3D printer, Xbox controller

Vehicles with manual transmissions have been equipped with shift indicators (illuminated or audible) for decades. While some are used to improve performance, most are designed to encourage more fuel-efficient driving. Regardless of the original objective, nearly all drivers become desensitized or learn to ignore the illuminated lights and arrows after just a few short hours behind the wheel.

Report
Salon columnist asks, "Is it ethical to drive stick?" [w/poll]

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.

Report
Salon columnist asks, "Is it ethical to drive stick?" [w/poll]

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.

Report
Car buyers falling back in love with manual transmissions

From the headlines-we-never-expected-to-see file: "Stick shifts popular again..." Yes, we thought manual transmissions were on their deathbed, what with every carmaker bemoaning low take rates and reports that Volkswagen has decided to do away with them in both