Mercedes-Benz axing manual transmissions to save money

Car companies have a lot to invest in at the moment (self driving cars, EVs, etc), and Mercedes-Benz with its huge range is no different.

To save money it will cut some models (no new S-Class coupe or cabriolet), and trim options, including manual transmissions.

Marcus Schaeffer, head of R&D, confirmed the automaker will “eliminate manual transmissions,” and make a “substantial reduction in platforms” and a “very dramatic reduction in combustion engines”.

Only a few cars are sold with stick shifts in Europe, like the A-Class hatch. The company hasn’t sold a manual passenger car since 2011, a C-Class model.

Source: Greg Kable on Twitter