The Volkswagen Group has announced that it wants to increase its reliance on automatic transmission for future generations of its cars.
A spokesman for the group said on Saturday that Volkswagen would stop producing next-generation Passat and Tiguan models with manual transmissions.
Volkswagen is expected to stop producing cars with manual transmissions of these two models from 2023.
Pointing to the growing number of customers who want the convenience offered by automatic transmission technology, the spokesman said that Volkswagen would follow this trend, adding that the better choice of automatic transmission would have a positive impact on fuel consumption. The generation of Passat and Tiguan will be modified to work with automatic transmission.
On the other hand, the speaker pointed out that the manual transmission will continue on other models, especially smaller models and smaller cars, at least until the end of the decade.
Volkswagen wants to limit the production of electric cars to automatic transmission only.
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