Jaco Van Der Merwe
Head of Motoring
7 minute read
19 May 2020
7:06 am

Manual or automatic? Choose wisely

Jaco Van Der Merwe

Someone who learns to drive an automatic only and eventually obtains a licence will have to obtain a new licence in order to legally drive a manual car.

Whether you are a first-time car buyer or seasoned motorist, the choice of transmission is an important decision to make when purchasing a car. Manual gearboxes might have been the mainstay of the local automotive scene throughout its history, but the landscape has slowly but surely shifted in favour of automatic transmissions. And as the supply and demand for two-pedal options continues to grow, three-pedal new offerings will get less and less. Take the new Toyota Corolla Sedan for example, of which only one of its three-model range is fitted with manual transmission. Where self-shifting technology wasn’t associated with South...