66% of Americans say they know how to use a manual transmission
The surprising fact of the day!
While manual gearboxes are still the majority in the European car fleet, they are clearly overshadowed by their automatic counterparts in the land of Uncle Sam. As a result, offering a car with a clutch pedal is still a matter of debate among American brands.
With this in mind, Cadillac has launched a survey to defend the choice of a manual transmission on the future CT4/5-V Blackwing. Conducted in November 2020, the study revealed some particularly surprising results. 55% of Americans say they have ever owned or leased a manual car.
Even more surprisingly, 66% of them admit being able to drive stick. In detail, 71% of those who have owned or leased a manual car would be willing to drive one. For those who have never owned or leased a manual transmission, this proportion drops to 43%.
However, 69% of those who know how to use three pedals would consider a manual car again. Conversely, only 38% of those who have only had an automatic transmission are considering a manual car. Generally speaking, it is young Americans who are most attracted to manual cars (62% of 18-34 year olds).
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