Mercedes-Benz says “Goodbye” to manual transmission in its vehicles next year.
The Stuttgart-based premium car brand no longer sees a future for any manual transmission in its models and will gradually cease offering it. As informed by automobilwoche, Mercedes-Benz will stop producing cars with a stick shift in 2023.
In the current portfolio, the A- and B- Class models along with the CLA are still available with manual gearboxes. However, consumer demand is shifting towards electrified vehicles, and the cars with a three-pedal layout have mostly exeunted.
Over the past few years, Mercedes-Benz has stated it intends to eliminate manual transmissions entirely. So, the news that this will happen next year did not take us by surprise. While some refuse, others, on the contrary, introduce.
Thus, Toyota has been working on a manual gearbox for electric vehicles. The GR Supra sports car will finally receive a manual transmission: a 6-speed intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) is mated to the 2023 Toyota GR Supra’s turbocharged 3.0-liter 382-hp inline-six engine.
Another automaker – Nissan – has such an option for the new Z model. The 2023 Nissan Z comes with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter 400-hp V6 that pairs either a new 9-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual one.