Is the manual a dying breed? According to Road & Track who looked at the numbers, the answer isn’t what you might expect.
Based on the numbers it would appear that manual buyers aren’t shrinking. Rather it’s the cars that have been traditionally manual that are picking up more automatic-minded buyers. The article references the VW GTI to prove this point but I think the same could be said for the Cooper S which until 2004 was only available with a manual transmission.
Even with MINI’s six speed Aisin transmission being dramatically improved in the F56 (and a 9 speed on the way in two years) we expect traditional manual drivers will continue to opt for MINI’s excellent six speed manual transmission.