German auto giant Audi might have planned to entirely ditch three-pedal models from its lineup in the US.
The decision comes as a result of poor sales figures that the company saw in the US in the past year. The A4 and the A5 were the sole models with a stick shifter and with the new announcement Audi’s US line up will completely void of it.
The decision comes as a result of poor sales figures that the company saw in the US in the past year.
Reports suggest that only 5 percent of the A4 sales that happened in the US in the past year chose the six-speed manual transmission, with the rest preferring the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
However, unsold manual transmission models of both the models of MY2018 will be available on dealerships across the US. The six-speed manual transmission was mated to a 2.0-litre turbo four engine that produced 252hp of power.
In a similar move in the UK, Audi's parent company Volkswagen group has decided to ditch the manual transmission in the upcoming 2019 Golf R
In a similar move in the UK, Audi’s parent company Volkswagen group has decided to ditch the manual transmission in the upcoming 2019 Golf R. The decision also accounted due to the low demand of the models in the UK.
Additionally, it is not clear if the manual transmission would be offered once again in its upcoming models of Mk VIII Golf R. The compelling decisions of both the company comes as a bad news as it seems that people have begun to prefer ride-convenience over ride-health. It is not a new fact that a manual-transmission does not only keep the engine healthy but also compels higher driver engagement.