Volkswagen says manual gearbox isn’t going anywhere soon
Matthias Rabe, CTO of Volkswagen AG, said the company intended to keep offering stick-shift cars to its customers for as long as the demand is there.
Recently, VW has unveiled three power-packing Golf 8 versions: GTI (gasoline), GTD (diesel) and GTE (electrified/hybrid). The GTI was the only one that received manual transmission as an option, while the other two received DSG as the only gearbox available (six-speed for the GTD, seven-speed for the GTE).
GTI Series subcompacts, specifically the VW up! and the VW Polo, also get manual gear switching. On the other hand, performance-oriented cars – such as the Golf R, Tiguan R and Arteon R – will likely never ship with anything other than DSG and AWD.
To summarize, we believe Matthias Rabe’s statement to apply to low-end, entry-level Volkswagen models, rather than sports cars. Other manufacturers, such as BMW and Porsche, have also mentioned the need to keep the manual gearbox on the market before.
Editor Andrew Raspopov