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Opinion: The male drivers who just can't let go of their stick shift

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For car enthusiasts who appreciate the tactile experience of driving, the decline of manual transmissions is a source of concern. In Germany, where Porsche, BMW, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz are based, there is particular nostalgia for the clutch and gear stick. Similar sentiments can be found in the US among a younger demographic who view manual driving as retro and authentic. However, the popularity of automatic transmissions, which offer better fuel efficiency and performance, has led to the dwindling availability of manual models. With the increasing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), which have a single-speed transmission, the days of the gear shift are numbered. Despite resistance from some manual transmission loyalists, the shift towards EVs is seen as a positive step due to its impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. While EVs provide a quieter and smoother driving experience, there are plans to introduce a simulated manual transmission for those who crave the traditional feel.