Steve Fowler of Auto Express
has a less-than positive outlook on the future of the manual in the UK. Fowler took a look at the new car registration data in the UK to see how many cars were being registered with automatic transmissions. Back in 2012, only 506,720 cars were registered with automatics. By 2017, that number has more than doubled to 1,016,516. We did some research of our own, and we noticed that total registrations did go up in that time from 2,044,609 in 2012 to 2,692,786 in 2017. Even though we could blame some of the those automatic sales on the increase in car sales, the percentage of automatics compared to manuals went from 24.7% in 2012 to 37.7% in 2017.