We drive cars manuals and we are not crazy, but do we know what we want?

Every time that Jeremy Clarkson talks up the bread. One such very authentic that it comes to reflect what happens when the controversial Clarkson is preparing a new column, as the last published in The Sun regarding the manual changes. Column in which she reflects about the reason that leads to continue shopping, manual changes, comparing it with the one that you decide to buy a television without a remote control, or even wash their clothes in the river because they do not want to have a washing machine. Does reason Clarkson to refer to the devotion that we still have in Europe by the manual change?

The reason why the automatic changes still do not manage to overcome the manual, in terms of volume of sales, there is another tradition, linked to the image that had the older automatic gearboxes. The drivers still have this image of an abrupt change, expensive, with high consumption, etc., etc.

But does truth remain those arguments of weight to rule out the purchase of a auto?

cambios-automaticos-y-manuales-02to Generalize when speaking of automatic changes does not help either, there is a great variety of changes, each with their pros and cons, and as well suited to some drivers, as unsavory to the rest. There are changes with very bad press, as the manual piloted, on the other hand, are robust, very cheap (a Citroën C4 Cactus diesel of 100 HP is only 300€ more expensive auto than manual) and probably will cover the expectations of many customers who use their car to go home to work, travel, rates very moderate, and little more. We also have changes a lot more comfortable as the CVT, not too expensive (a Toyota Aygo with this automatic switching costs€ 450 more than the manual), which does not have good press for being less than intuitive, and anything sporting, but who needs a change sports in an Aygo?

Then we have automatic gearboxes conventional, torque converter, that although they may not have the pull of the marketing that surrounds the double clutches continue to enjoy – in some cases – qualities that in our opinion will be that the majority of drivers do not feel in any way that its operation is less convenient than that of a dual clutch of the new generation.

double clutches is emerging as the leading technology for many brands, as the changes are more sophisticated, although it is also true that there are some better than others. Have probably been recent, and the work Volkswagen commercial to popularize its technology, which have contributed more to convince the client that the alternative to automatic is not an option, far-fetched.


The big problem, perhaps, and the reason why Jeremy Clarkson laments that there are so many drivers who, according to your hyperbole, to buy television sets without a remote control, and to renounce a washing machine, is that the prejudices of yesteryear are much. And, above all, very few drivers in the process of purchase decision will have had the chance to test an automatic change modern in order to have enough arguments to decide for this option, in an investment as important as buying a car. May not be sufficient, the advertising investment, may not be sufficient, with the importance that it has gained in the media the automatic change in the last few years, it may be necessary to go beyond.

Many drivers are still arguing that they want a manual gearbox, because they like meshing gears with your shifter, but I wonder how many will have had the chance to test an automatic change, or even know that many cars already mounted cams on the steering wheel. I’m not saying that the option of automatic change going to be the ideal, going to convince all drivers, but I’m convinced that this should be an option that every buyer should (as a minimum) to take into account when buying a car. Especially in cases in which, either by peculiarities of approval for emissions, or for issues that are purely commercial, the difference of equipping an automatic change is only a few hundred euros.

Then we are the ones that we imagine our ideal car as a small car, lightweight, powerful, and with a manual change short and a clutch pedal even hard. But let’s be honest: how many drivers are like us, who still continue to enjoy, and appreciating truth, the pleasure of meshing gears on a mountain road? how many suffer daily and in silence, the tedium of enduring long traffic jams slowing down, stepping on the clutch, point dead, to tread on the clutch, shifted into first, then second, and resume the march?