Earlier, we wrote about Toyota's underwhelming 2018 manual transmission sales figures. To recap – as Toyota's representatives told CarBuzz – the automatic Corolla outsold its manual equivalent to a ratio of 100 to 1, and just one in three Toyota 86 buyers picked a manual version of the rear-drive coupe.
What about the other famous rear-wheel-drive offering from Japan, Mazda's MX-5 Miata? A case can be made that an 86 buyer cross-shops the Miata, and vice-versa, but what kind of split do Mazda's sales figures reflect in comparison?
Fans have been clamoring for a new Supra and Toyota is finally answering them thanks to a partnership with BMW. Unfortunately, a new report is indicating enthusiasts might be a little dismayed with the end result.
Citing insider sources, Autocar is reporting the Supra's hybrid powertrain could necessitate the use of an automatic transmission. This wouldn't please purists, but manual transmissions are becoming increasingly rare and the take rate on cars that do offer them is pretty low in the United States.