When it comes to a carís transmission, manuals seem so yesterday.
Thatís the first off impression from AIDís exclusively compiled car production figures for last year, showing that the near two decade long drive to two-pedal cars has continued to accelerate.
On the face of it, last year saw the setting of yet another milestone.
Thatís in the sense that more cars than ever rolled off Europeís assembly lines with an automatic transmission, continuing a trend that began to gather momentum with the millennium change in
Cars built with an automatic transmission now account for a highest-ever share of European car production
There are three broad trends sweeping West Europeís car markets: one is the rise and rise in the popularity of SUV-Crossovers, which, regardless of the regionís still lingering car sales famine, have continued to win sales at the expense of other sectors.
Another is the unstoppable drive towards lower consumption cars.
Thatís highlighted on the one hand by the realisation that more than half the new cars sold in Western Europe today are still equipped with a diesel engine...more
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