Fans of cars with three pedals will be pleased to know that so far this year sales of cars equipped with a manual transmission have increased to seven percent compared to just under four percent last year.
The surprising statistic comes from , although it readily admits it is probably a temporary trend. Sadly many analysts predict manual transmissions will be extinct within the next couple of decades.
It is suggested that the reason for the current uptick, which sees the take rate at its highest level since 2006, is because more people are buying small fuel-efficient cars that are more likely to have the option. After all, less than one third of new vehicles are even offered with a manual transmission in the U.S. Of course a handful of cars are only offered with a manual transmission including the Audi TT RS, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Fiat 500 Abarth, Ford Shelby GT500, , Mazdaspeed3 and Volkswagen Golf R.
Fans of diesel engines will also be pleased that there has been a 27.5 percent increase in sales of diesel-powered vehicles this year, according to data supplied by the Diesel Technology Forum. It's not surprising as more and more people are becoming aware that modern clean diesel engines offer great fuel economy with virtually no drawbacks. Overall though, only three percent of new cars and light-duty trucks are fitted with a diesel engine, which is still a far cry from Europe where half of all new cars sold are powered by diesel engines. According to the report 65 percent of the 620 Audi A3 models sold during June in the US were powered by the TDI diesel engine. Meanwhile 21 percent of the 10,252 buyers of the 2012 VW Passat in June opted for a diesel engine, making it the highest volume diesel-powered car currently being sold in the U.S.
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