Miata Buyers Prefer A Manual Gearbox, Says Mazda

Miata buyers prefer a manual gearbox, says Mazda

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?

Toyota Supra Could Be Offered Exclusively With Automatic Gearbox

Toyota Supra Could Be Offered Exclusively With Automatic Gearbox

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.

Honda's 2017 Civic Turbo Lineup Gets Six-speed Manual Gearbox

Honda's 2017 Civic Turbo Lineup Gets Six-Speed Manual GearboxThe MY2017 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe models are set to hit showrooms tomorrow while boasting the expanding application of a manual gearbox.
The 6-speed manual gearbox is now available as standard on the 1.5-liter turbocharged Civic Sedan and Coupe in EX-T trim, with prices starting from $18,740 for the Sedan and $19,150 for the Coupe.

Lexus Rc F Could Get Dual-clutch Gearbox

2014 Detroit Auto Show : Lexus RC F is a predatory sport coupe with a 450-horsepower beating heartWould the Lexus RC F and IS F models benefit from a dual-clutch gearbox?
The IS F has admittedly not caught onto the high-performance luxury segment as well as the Japanese automaker would like. What Lexus was hoping would be a competitor to the BMW M3 has simply become an anomaly in the lineup, not even receiving the same styling and design updates as the standard IS sedan.