Insideline reports 7% of new cars sold in 2012 have a manual versus 3.9% in 2011. This is an interesting development but we would like to see the number at the end of the year. If it continues, this will be the highest number of manual cars sold in a year since 2006 reversing a downward trend.
The report concludes that even though this is nice to see the manual is likely to be virtually extinct in the next 15-20 years. We will likely always seen them in special applications but in consumer cars the manual is simply on its way out. We would like to see enthusiast cars continue to offer it at the very least as an option.