We all owe it some gratitude.
In order to build the best vehicles possible, carmakers must constantly develop and embrace new technology. Take Ferrari, for example. As one of the world's premier automakers, it has long prided itself for being at the technological forefront, with innovations such as its F1-style gearbox, which has since replaced all other transmissions, including the gated manual. But that doesn't mean older tech has to be killed off entirely.
Speaking to Autocar, Volkswagen technology chief Matthias Rabe clarified that the German automaker has no intention of ditching manuals. "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."
Perhaps the best example of where the firm's VW's six-speed manual is best applied is the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The recently revealed, completely redesigned eighth-generation GTI continues to come with a 6-speed manual as standard fare, along with an optional fast-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch. Manual-equipped GTIs will once again be available in all markets where it's sold.
In the past, automakers like BMW have claimed one of the key reasons why it continues to offer manuals is due to American enthusiast demand. VW hasn't explicitly stated whether or not Americans are the main reason for its decision. The new GTI isn't the only VW to be equipped with a manual, however.
The regular all-new VW Golf, which will no longer be sold in the US, can also be driven in a row your own gear fashion. For those Americans who prefer a traditional performance sedan instead of a hot hatch, may we also highly recommend the VW Jetta GLI. It too comes with a standard 6-speed and optional 7-speed DCT.
Volkswagen's approach to manuals is actually very straightforward: If you want one, buy one. If not, there's no point investing in something that won't make money.