VW May Cut Manual Transmission Option in Europe Over New Emissions Rules
We recently learned that BMW plans to nix the dual-clutch transmission as it transitions to electrification. Now, Volkswagen is changing its gearbox offerings to comply with new Euro 7 emissions regulations.
Autocar reported that VW would cut the manual transmission offerings from its catalog, including the high-performance Golf GTI. The car reaches its 50th anniversary in 2025 and is widely expected to go electric when it enters its ninth generation, so this move is far from surprising. Manual transmissions used to be more efficient and precise than slushbox automatics, but the tables have turned, as manuals are now usually slower and less fuel efficient.
It's important to note that the rules change only applies to European vehicles. Even so, it could have an impact on models destined for North America, as automakers sometimes consolidate product offerings across the board when a change is required in one global market. That said, the automaker has noted on several occasions that the U.S. market has significant demand for manual transmissions in the Golf GTI and R, making it more than a little possible that we continue seeing the option here, even after it disappears in Europe.
It’s also worth pointing out that the emissions rules in Euro 7 are not yet official. The situation could change if the final version of the regulations shifts from its current language, but either way, VW may move forward to get ahead of the rules.
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