Mercedes-Benz set to terminate the manual gearbox

Head of R&D has stated that the company will be significantly reducing platforms and eliminating the manual transmission.

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Shortly after the announcement of an all-new modular platform and six new all-electric Mercedes-Benz models comes more breaking news from the luxury car giant. Further initiating cost-cutting measures, the marque has announced that they will be powering ahead in future development and ditching old technology - including the manual gearbox.

In a tweet from German automotive journalist Greg Kable, he stated that the Daimler board member and director of R&D operations at Mercedes-Benz, Markus Schaefer, has informed him about the brand's short-term plan to substantially reduce the number of Mercedes platforms, dramatically reduce the use of combustion engines, and completely ditch the manual gearbox.

In many overseas markets, the last passenger car Mercedes-Benz offered in manual configuration were basic variants of the SLK roadster, culled in 2016; so despite having no manual gearbox options in most worldwide markets, some domestic European car markets will still be affected by this move - with many current base offerings such as the A-class switching to automatic boxes. This move means that the brand will be able shift manual-transmission investments directly into electric vehicle development.

In additon, Daimler states that "investments in combustion engine development will decline quickly", with the company planning to reduce the number of ICE vehicles in their line-up by a staggering 70 percent by 2030; and further cost-cutting measures will see platform cuts, moving next generation Mercedes vehicles onto similar-to-another modular architectures in a bid to save money wherever possible.

The marque's short-term goal is to decrease variable costs by 1 percent and fixed costs by a whopping 20 percent by 2025.

- AutoNews Australia

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Comments (40)

  • This is the end of driving and motoring. In future it will be self driving boxes under constant GPS surveillance. 😔

      11 months ago
  • Interesting move by Mercedes. Although, it makes sense in light of their sales and development data (as noted above in this first class article). As more mainstream manufacturers embrace electric and hybrid technology, we're no doubt going to see more of this from other marque's. As much as i love the old benzin combustion engine and the magnificent joyous sounds they make, its only a matter of time before we see the majority of the market dominated by EV's. It may take another 10 or 20 years, but one day it'll happen. Until then, i guess we best enjoy our exhaust crackles. Great write up. Cheers 🤙

      11 months ago
    • Thanks for your comment Stephen, we appreciate the feedback!

      It is sad from a petrolhead's perspective for sure. This is just the beginning of a sea of changes that's still yet to happen.

      On the upside, combustion engines should be...

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        11 months ago
  • What cars do they even offer with a stick? I can’t think of any in their modern lineup of cars...

      11 months ago
    • An example would be the A180 SE, offered with a six-speed manual.

        11 months ago
    • Oh. I’m in America, all Mercedes cars here are auto

        11 months ago
  • Good move as a whole. However I'm really upset as a petrolhead as it's the beginning of the end for cars as we know it...

      11 months ago
    • Big technological changes are happening - and from a petrolhead's perspective, we're afraid that this is just the beginning.

        11 months ago
    • Exactly. It's why I said good move as a whole; nobody really cares outside of a niche sect if petrolheads (that's us) whether inside our AMGs resides an electric motor or a V8; for them Mercedes is just a status symbol. I heard the C63 AMG is...

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        11 months ago
  • At least Porsche will keep manuals as long as they can.

    The downside is that I can't afford one 😅

      11 months ago
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