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the end of manual boxes from 2023?

In a few years, manual gear levers will be a thing of the past at Volkswagen …

In the future, the brand Volkswagen would only offer automatic gearboxes. The company aims for a cost reduction and anticipate the future, especially with the end of thermal approaching and the electric which continues to develop.

Will the end of manual gearboxes at Volkswagen soon be over?

The German group’s passenger cars will no longer be available in manual boxes d’ici2023 reports the German site Car, motor and sport. According to the report, the first model that will no longer be offered with a manual gearbox will be the third generation of the SUV compact Tiguan. The latter must arrive in concession from 2023.

In fact, this deadline begins the transition to a range made up of 100% automatic gearboxes, and not the sudden stop of manual transmissions. The latter will simply be gradually abandoned in the other series in the manufacturer’s range. From 2030 Approximately, there should no longer be manual transmission Volkswagen models in the major markets of China, the United States and Europe.

Savings in sight

With this decision, the manufacturer wishes save development costs from conventional gearboxes.

While there are still few car manufacturers who have officially abandoned the manual gearbox, it will inevitably disappear in the decades to come due to the switch to electric cars

. The latter, with a few exceptions such as the Porsche Taycan for example, do not have multi-speed transmission.

Even if all manufacturers have not yet given dates when they will no longer offer vehicles with combustion engines, increasingly stringent standards will inevitably push them to take the plunge.

Market share of automatic transmissions increases

On the other hand, the market share of automatic transmissions has already increased in recent years for various reasons. On the one hand, they have become more and more economic, sports and comfortable. Indeed the gear changes are done smoothly and there are no more jerks as on the old automatic gearboxes of the 90s or even 2000s. The most modern versions now have up to nine speeds.

On the other hand, many assistance systems, such as the autopilot in traffic jam for example, are simply not possible with manual transmissions.

Source: Auto, Motor and Sport

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