manual transmission http://michiganradio.org en Saving the stick shift, one driver at a time http://michiganradio.org/post/saving-stick-shift-one-driver-time <p>Seventy&nbsp;years ago,&nbsp;70%&nbsp;of American-made cars came with a stick shift.&nbsp;</p><p>The number is less than nine percent today.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>One man is on a quest to&nbsp;reverse that slide.</p><p>Eddie Alterman is the top editor at Car and&nbsp;Driver magazine.&nbsp; He doesn&#39;t&nbsp;mind being called a gearhead.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;His whole career, he&rsquo;s watched the sales of cars with stick shifts decline.&nbsp; And when Ferrari failed to offer a manual option for the new 458 Italia, he said, enough&rsquo;s enough.&nbsp; Basta.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 02:43:02 +0000 Tracy Samilton 6797 at http://michiganradio.org Saving the stick shift, one driver at a time