july 11, 2019 - Skoda

Manual or automatic? Keep an open mind

Europeans are readily identifiable in this respect not only because of their heavy emphasis on superb drivability and technical sophistication, but also on account of their choice of transmission. Specifically, Europe is one of only a handful markets where manual transmissions are used en masse. Virtually everywhere else, be it in America, China, Japan, or Australia, automatic transmissions are much more popular. For many European drivers, a manual transmission is their way of showing off their passion for automobiles and driving nous, while elsewhere people view the manual gearbox as an anachronism and simply want an easy and carefree way of getting from A to B.