What future for manual boxes?

The manual gearbox is an institution in France, but it is in the process of being replaced by automatic gearboxes. We explain why.

If for a long time, American motorists have sworn by automatic transmission, with the exception of a minority of sports model enthusiasts, the automatic transmission had bad press in France: indeed, it was often associated with disability or elderly people, “unable to pass reports” …

These prejudices from another time will soon be a bad memory, since the automatic transmission is now booming in our regions. Indeed, it equips today more than 50% of new vehicles sold! Thanks to the new generations of automatic transmissions: robotic, torque converter or double clutch, more efficient and economical than before.

Manual gearbox: an endangered species

All manufacturers, even on the most modest models, now offer an automatic transmission option. Some even plan to do away with manual transmissions, as Volkswagen has announced for 2023.

The advent of hybrid and hybrid cars speeds up, and automatic transmissions will eventually be imposed as a new standard, to the detriment of manual transmissions. Customers, for their part, will gain in comfort, ease of driving and peace of mind on a daily basis, even if the maintenance of an automatic transmission can sometimes be more expensive.

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