Your Favorite Automaker Has Fewer Manual Transmissions, Here's Why

Although there are plenty of automative enthusiasts who are just fine with automatic transmissions, for many gearheads nothing but personal shifting will do. And yet, manufacturers seem to be making it harder and harder to get your hand on a stick shift. Reader Michael Alexander explains why. » 11/15/14 11:34am 11/15/14 11:34am

How To Hack An Xbox Controller To Teach Yourself How To Drive Stick

It's no secret that shifting your own gears improves your quality of life. Because science or something. A young engineer at Ford has come up with a very clever hack of an Xbox controller and Ford's open source software to make a shift knob that helps you learn how to drive stick. It’s also a peek into the future of… » 7/26/13 12:40pm 7/26/13 12:40pm

Is There A Case For Automatic Transmissions?

Here's a scary thought for Halloween: between 1980 and 2005 the percentage of cars with a stick shift dropped from 35% to 6%. The rise in gas prices has led to a slight uptick in manual vehicles (7.7% last year), but most cars are still going in the direction of automatic transmissions. You won't be able to get a … » 10/31/08 11:30am 10/31/08 11:30am