VW will not refuse manual gearboxesMarch 24, 2020
Volkswagen executives are well aware that there are still people who want three pedals in their cars. That is why the German brand plans to continue to produce cars with mechanical gearboxes, while they are in demand.
In a recent interview with foreign publications, a Volkswagen spokesperson said that refusing a manual transmission in the near future is not part of the brand’s leadership plan. Mathias Rabe, head of technical development at Volkswagen Passenger Cars, admitted that “some people like to change gears manually.” For this market segment, VW promises to keep the three-pedal gearbox compact until demand for it disappears.
It will be interesting to see if the new version of the high-performance Golf R hatchback, which will debut later this year, gets the clutch pedal.
As you all know well, the recently introduced Golf in the GTI performance comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, but for a diesel GTD and an electrified Golf GTE, only the DSG robot with six and seven is offered as a transmission gears respectively.
VW also sells urban kid UP! GTI and Polo GTI in Europe with a manual gearbox, the first actually only offered with a manual transmission.
It is important to note that, in fact, Matthias Rabe meant the presence of mechanical gearboxes in general, and not just for specific models. There are still a lot of German brand cars that allow the driver to shift gears manually. But nevertheless, the presence of manual tranmission is necessary for those enthusiasts who prefer sports cars with powerful engines.
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