In light of the recent FP article on Audi ditching the manual in the US, I’ve got some lukewarm takes.
1) Anyone complaining about there being no manual transmission Audis was never going to buy one new in the first place, and thus has no bearing on why Audi would keep them.
2) Having a manual doesn’t automatically make a car better.
3) Driving a manual in traffic blows, which I think is a major reason for people not buying manuals. I recently did a kilometre uphill in stop and go traffic, and it made me realize how much of a compromise there can be.
4) If I have room for two cars when I’m car shopping again in a few years, my DD will absolutely not have a manual. If I don't have room for two cars, odds of owning stick again are 50/50.