AD #2395 – Hyundai Opens “Showroom” on Amazon, BMW Using X-Ray for Quality, Nissan Reveals LEAF NISMO

July 19th, 2018 at 11:30am

Runtime: 5:29

0:29 Manheim Sees Jump in Online Sales
0:52 Hyundai Opens Digital Showroom on Amazon
1:19 Unique Genesis GV80 Detail Going Into Production
2:25 BMW Uses X-Ray to Improve Quality
3:05 Manual Transmission Could Go Away
4:09 Nissan Announces LEAF NISMO
4:29 Kia Niro EV Goes on Sale in South Korea

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22 Comments to “AD #2395 – Hyundai Opens “Showroom” on Amazon, BMW Using X-Ray for Quality, Nissan Reveals LEAF NISMO”

  1. phred Says:

    If they have not “beefed up” the electric motor insulation and electrical joints /mechanicals…the increase performance will “fry” the electric motor and inverter with the “increased use of the performance. Just like a muscle car engine that is over reved!

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20% of new models offer manual transmissions? It seems like about 5%, and most dealers don’t have even one manual transmission in stock. If you want to test drive a manual transmission Camaro, you have order and pay for it first.

  3. XA351GT Says:

    IMO nothing sounds much better than a manually shifted V8. I would want a stick in any performance car I buy. I know the auto shift is faster ,but I’m, not racing so that doesn’t matter to me. I just love to hear that growl when the bent 8 is shifted. Again it’s like many things in the automotive business , manufacturers decide to stop making things and then say it’s because no one wants them. They did it with convertibles, coupes , wagons and sedans are on the block. When they make up their minds what we’ll be buying they blame it on the buying public.

  4. Buzzerd Says:

    This really isn’t a good reason to buy a manual anymore other than discouraging others from wanting to drive your car. If I ever get a vette again it will probably be the auto but I’d take either. If I have an auto it would make it easier for my wife to drive if I’ve had a few drinks ;)

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I suspect that the manual transmission will soon be relegated to the “the good old days” and will be fondly remembered as, when I was a kid; then sadly into the history book. I still enjoy my motorcycle’s manual, and so far intrusions to ‘bikes’ via automatics are still relatively rare (so we at least still have that).

  6. Brett Cammack Says:

    I had to settle for the base model Outlander back in 2006 to get the MT. The new Outlander has the CVT and is light-years ahead of the old one.

  7. Roger Blose Says:

    And Ford has done a big disservice by continuing to use the MT-82 Getrag 6 speed manual in the Mustang GTs. Broke shift forks, bad synchros, high speed gear lock outs are killing it for us. At least the Shelby has a Tremec to save the day for track use. And the new automatics are now faster and quite fun to use as we age.

  8. John McElroy Says:

    Automatics are the way to go for everyday driving, especially if your commute involves stop and go traffic. But for everything else, I’ll take a manual. I like heel and toe shifting. It’s all about mastering a machine, and the higher the speed it’s done at, the more rewarding it is.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 I buy manuals, because I like driving them. especially in cars with small engines. I wouldn’t considered a MINI with an automatic, but the last time I looked at the cars at a MINI dealer, most were automatic. If I remember right, about half were manuals when I bought my 2010. My Corvette is automatic, but with modern design, and hydraulic clutches, even big engine manuals are decent to drive.

    Most of the automatic bikes are scooters. I have one, a 600cc Honda SilverWing. It works well, except the ratio spread of the rubber belt CVT is less than ideal, with the engine spinning over 5000 rpm at 60 mph. My other bike has a typical, for a motorcycle, manual.

  10. Lex Says:


    What is the crashworthiness of EV’s compared to ICE powered brethren? Do the batteries provide addition impact force in a crash due to their additional weight in the vehicles? How do insurance companies determine EV insurance rates compared to their non-EV siblings?

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The thing that really got my attention about manual transmissions fading away, was when, about 10 years ago, all of the big pickups quit offering manuals, even in the base trim level. The one exception is that, the last I knew, you could still get a manual in the “HD” Dodge/Ram with the diesel.

    Here’s a list of cars and CUV’s sold in the U.S. with manual transmissions:

  12. lambo2015 Says:

    I also enjoy a manual transmission. In fact back in 2003 I was able to buy a Cadillac CTS V6 with a manual. Then sold it and bought a CTSV LS6 with a manual. However like John mentioned, when I was in stop and go traffic I would wish it was an auto.
    Personally I think manuals are taking a hit because of cell phones and how difficult it can be to hold the wheel shift and hold a phone. Granted many makers now have car-play but between that and the population in the US continuing to grow, making the traffic worse. Increasing the stop and go driving.


    I think what is also killing manual transmissions is that using a manual transmission is not typically taught during driving school. Some driving schools offer it as an option, but most are automatic only.

    The parents could teach it to their kids if they themselves owned a manual transmission. The sales data shows that it is highly unlikely however.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Even when I was in high school in the 1960′s, and driver’s ed was a regular school course, the cars were automatic only in my school. I learned to drive a manual in our family’s 1950 Plymouth.

  15. John Cuyle Says:

    That 20% figure on vehicles offered with manuals is bogus. Manufacturers that offer manual transmissions on a given model very frequently, inexplicably only offer it in a drivetrain combination you wouldn’t want the rest of. At one point the CTS was offered with a manual in the V version (which was great) but if you didn’t want the muscle car version of the CTS your choices were a slushbox with the relatively nice 3.6l V6 or, if you wanted a stick, you had to settle for the miserable 3.2l V6. So you could have a decent engine or a decent transmission, but not both. The same problem is common with domestic trucks. You can get a manual, but only on a 2WD four cylinder version that nobody would want. If you want a V6 and 4WD, slushbox only. Jeep is doing the same, baffling, stupid thing with the new Wrangler. The diesel is the engine I’d want, the mild hybrid turbo four sounds intriguing, but if you want one of those you’re stuck with a garbage autotragic. If you want the manual, your only engine option is the now long-in-the-tooth pentastar V6. Anyone who wanted a Wrangler with the V6 and a manual already has one.

    The number of vehicles which genuinely offer a manual transmission as a REAL option are few and far between. The GTI and R2, Corvette, Miata, Focus RS and ST, and a couple of the midsize Japanese trucks/SUVs and a few German luxury models are the only vehicles I can think of off the top of my head that will sell you a manual transmission bolted to an engine you might actually want.

  16. JWH Says:

    When I got my driver’s license in Arizona in 1965 I took the test in a manual transmission equipped vehicle. If you used a vehicle with an automatic your license was stamped “Automatic transmission only”.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 Indiana didn’t do that when I took my test, so I took the test in an automatic to make it easier.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    That was in 1962.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    John said: “The same problem is common with domestic trucks.” You mean Colorado and Canyon? No version of the big domestic trucks offers a manual, except the HD Ram with the diesel.

    MINI offers manual transmissions in every version except one. A lot of Asian vehicles offer manual transmission in lower, or “sport” trim levels, but not the middle of the range. If they have tooling and certification of the manual powertrains, why not offer it in all trim levels, especially vehicles assembled in north America, where a factory order could be built and delivered in a few weeks?

  20. Lambo2015 Says:

    #19 I’ll tell ya why Kit. Because in a stick they cannot control the shift points which also means the MPG will vary greatly from what the certify to. They (the automakers) can get as good or better fuel economy with an automatic now with the combination of electronic gas pedal and transmission shifting at optimal positions based on driving habits.
    The biggest advantage for years was always fuel economy and now that that advantage has been minimized its only a matter of preference and those drivers are few.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #20 Yeah, most of the few manuals left get lower EPA numbers than the automatics, and maybe they calculate CAFE compliance based on numbers sold. Not offering manuals in the higher volume trim levels reduces numbers sold.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It surprises me how many powertrains are available in the Dodge Challenger. There are 7 engine/transmission combinations, including 3 with manual transmission, not counting the “extra boost” Demon and upcoming 1320. We keep hearing that most vehicles don’t offer much powertrain choice because of cost of certification. Is that BS, or is FCA losing a lot of money by offering all of those choices? John Mc, do you know?