"...a vocal fanbase may not equate to significant sales..."
Now where have I heard that before?
At least they acknowledge a continued demand for manual transmissions in smaller models. It gives me hope that if MINI ever again produces something I can get excited about, I'll still be able to thrash it though the gears.
__________________ GWAIHIR - 2013 R59 / STYBBA - 1977 Mini MK-IV --- with Eastern Iowa MINIs
But technology moves on - just as we no longer mourn the "choice" of having points and condensers vs electronic ignition, this choice isn't really needed either.
Modern electronic automatic transmissions are faster 0-60, get better fuel mileage and in general are better for the planet - what's not to like? They have the same number of gears (or more!) as the best manuals, and I think all of them have the option to shift for yourself, the only loss here is the clutch pedal and the need to stroke it a million times. What loss is that, really?
2009 LB/LB Clubman S
1989 Cooper "Racing Green" 1275
1969 Jaguar XK-E Coupe
1994 SPi Project Mini