Volkswagen confirms long-term commitment to building manual cars
In truly heartwarming news that ought to make any self-respecting enthusiast feel all fuzzy inside, Volkswagen has confirmed that it plans to continue offering proper three-pedal manual-equipped versions of its cars in the long-term.
Speaking with Autocar, Volkswagen tech chief Matthias Rabe was keen to point out that with the demand for manual models still clearly there, the company is happy to oblige and continue offering manuals at a time when an increasing number of manufacturers are moving away from them.
"Some people enjoy going back to their roots and changing gear manually, and so long as there is a demand, we will continue to offer them," said Rabe.
The upcoming Mk8 Golf GTI
This announcement comes not long long after the reveal of the new Mk8 Golf GTI – which was originally slated to go on display at the cancelled Geneva International Motor show – which has been confirmed to offer a six-speed manual gearbox in base form in all markets, with a seven-speed DSG automatic still optionally available.
With the new Golf R and any concrete details regarding it yet to be revealed, it's unclear as to whether it will continue to be offered with a manual, although this announcement does give some hope of that.
Depending on the market, manual versions of the majority of VW models are available in one place or another, although the primary target market for manuals is clearly Europe, with a lack of demand from markets such as in North America and Australia seeing localised lineups being pared back to a majority of models being offered only with automatic transmissions, with performance models typically the only exception to the rule.
Just know for sure though that if you're trying to save your pennies up for a manual Golf GTI, there's no real need to rush as you'll still be able to buy one for some time yet.