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People who want full control of their car’s movement often go for manual transmission models. But as technology has advanced, car manufacturers are no longer as excited about producing stick. Not all new car drivers and soon-to-be owners know how to drive stick. These days, most people look for automatic transmission cars out of convenience. But there are still those who want to play things old school, and believe there is no substitute for stick driving. Here are models that still offer manual transmission.


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Ford Mustang

The Mustang is an iconic vehicle, especially for car fans who have a need for speed. A lot of Mustangs come in automatic transmission, but also come in stick shifts.

Mazda 5

Mazda still produces the Mazda 5 in standard manual transmission. However, its manual gear box is not as high-performance as its automatic transmission version.

Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is the commuter car of America’s middle class. It’s the first Japanese car to ever be manufactured in America, and it always offers a manual transmission option to fans of stick driving.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Volksagen Golf GTI, which first saw the stores 30 years ago, is not bidding goodbye to the manual stick. While its upper end versions are also available in manual transmission, car fans still go for the GTI.

Jeffrey Lupient is the president of Minnesota-based Lupient Automotive Group. Learn more about the latest in the automotive industry by visiting this page.


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The growing concern and fear for worsening climate conditions are global in scale. World leaders and organizations, including the United Nations, are taking the lead in promoting a cleaner and safer environment, while enjoining ordinary citizens. The plan is to significantly reduce carbon emissions by 2020.


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Private and public transportation are among the major contributors to the increased volume of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. In fact, in the U.S., cars and trucks account for nearly one-fifth of global emissions. Major industrial countries such as China, for example, are also some of the most trenchant producers of greenhouse gases.

As more UN member-countries are joining the campaign, car owners and car manufacturers are also heeding the call by promoting electric cars. Running on electricity, electric cars produce virtually zero emissions compared to those running on fossil fuels.


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A recent study conducted by a group of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that electric cars can already support a driver’s requirements by as much as 87 percent. Most electric grids are also capable of supporting the demand of these types of cars. With the availability of renewable sources of energy, charging electric cars is already cost effective and benign to the environment.

In instances where electric cars can’t operate, Professor Jessica Trancik, the leader of the study, said that there is still a need for better car-sharing services or advancements in other environment-friendly cars that could fill the shortcomings of electric vehicles.

Depending on the type and model of the car, these vehicles will only need to be plugged in once a day to recharge. Consumers can meet their needs for affordable mileage while lessening their carbon footprint.

Jeffrey Lupient, the CEO and president of Lupient Automotive Group in Minnesota, became a trustee of The Rectory School. He is currently continuing his professional development by completing a course of studies at the National Automobile Dealers Association Dealer Academy. Follow this link to know more about his career and the automotive industry.

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