The proportion of cars and light trucks in the U.S. sold with manual transmissions has fallen to around 7% in 2014 from 35% in 1980. The decline is expected to accelerate as high-performance sports cars, once holdouts, increasingly shift to hybrid automatics.
The thrill of feeling the g-force when you shift gears is quicky [very quickly] being replaced with the need to be in constant contact with your smartphone. Driving a manual car is going to make you less able to text or check your phone.
More and more cars are introducing paddle-shifters – found on steering columns that were only a few years ago, exclusive to Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s and the like.