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Re: new trucks...auto-stick,,.dilema
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I sincerely doubt that it's as complicated as you make it out to be. Nobody has made a conscious decision to trade in their stick for an automatic because they can't drive and talk on their cell phone at the same time.
I suspect that 98% of people would choose an automatic over a stick for their daily driver, just based on nothing else but personal preference. Years ago you got the stick because it made the cost of the vehicle significantly lower. Most people didn't choose sticks out of some self-imposed duty to the environment, or because they thought it made them tougher.
Over time the automatic option became a smaller and smaller part of the total cost of the car. Spread $1000 out over 5 years of payments, and it doesn't seem like much. A little prodding from a savvy salesperson is all it takes.
It's just simple market forces that have killed the stick in the USA, not some nefarious conspiracy between the US government and some Illuminati organization.
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