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Old 08-23-2018, 10:10 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by SirBrass View Post
What I'm saying is that the hybrid powertrain will be fine for all their other cars, but if they want to sell STIs and WRXs at all, they're going to have to keep them manual.

They're not going to introduce a hybrid powertrain with CVT when BRZs with the automatic and WRXs with CVT constitute a very small percentage of current sales of those cars. The people who buy them overwhelmingly want the manual, not a CVT automatic (or regular 6 spd automatic).

If you can't sell cars, that's worse than not being able to meet onerous regulations. People aren't going to be interested in the WRX if there's not a stick shift in it, and doubly so for the STI. There's lots of other options for automatic $30k-$40k sports cars out there that are mostly automatic already. There's very few good powerful sports cars that are affordable and still have a manual transmission.
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