It’s a sad fact that the manual transmission, while unlikely to go fully extinct anytime soon, is becoming increasingly rare. Driving culture is changing and so are driving habits; cars are also going electric, so finding a new three-pedal car can be tough, if still not impossible. 

In the American market, the list of automakers that have abandoned manual transmissions for good is a lot longer than those that haven’t and includes Mercedes, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lexus, Jaguar, Maserati, and Aston Martin, to name several. Those that are still hanging on are some of the diehards: Porsche and BMW, of course, though also Cadillac.

All-encompassing luxury among the remaining manual luxury cars tends not to be the highest priority, and instead driving dynamics and power, for the hardcore buyers who still want to row their own in a modern car. It’s hard to imagine Porsche or BMW, to take two examples, ever fully abandoning manual transmissions, though it’s also inevitable, in the same way that old technologies in car manufacturing have always given way to new ones. That’s progress but also a function of sales, with fewer and fewer manual transmission buyers long term. Those still left will have to enjoy what offerings they have while they can.