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    Default Share of automatic transmissions in Australia

    I'm very interested in various driving habit around the owrld, so I'm asking you, what's the percentage of auto gearboxes in Australia? I suppose there aren't as many auto transmissions as in America, but the percentage should be very high anyway.

    Where I come from very few cars are automatic, mostly those, who don't have a manual option, and that means only large luxury cars. The largest auto share have Germany and Switzerland with about a quarter of all cars.

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    But's changing a bit with the new robotised gearshifts like Sensodrive, they're gaining popularity and in some car models, like C3, they reach up to 10%.

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    I *think* its around 60% here. I cannot vouch for that as a fact. It really depends on the segment of the market for meaningful info though. Many of the cars sold here are quite large by european standards, and they are invariably fitted with Auto transmissions. Smaller cars are still popular with manuals though, given that there is about a $2000 premium for an Auto tranny, which can amount to 10% of the price of the car...

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    I thought so, so let's say a Commodore is sold over 90% as automatic and small cars are mostly manual. Sounds logical.

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    Here is an excellent article on the matter.

    Choice becomes more automatic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pug307
    Here is an excellent article on the matter.

    Choice becomes more automatic

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    Si I see manuals are dieing out in Australia, there were many more 10 years ago. Well, adleast in Europe they'll live. There's no obvious trend of growing popularity of automatics.

    Great article!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marulek
    There's no obvious trend of growing popularity of automatics.
    People are lazy, you don't have to learn to drive a manual when you get a licence. You can get a licence to drive an automatic only.

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    Leaving aside Holdens, it could also be something to do with 90% of Aussies living in cities, and when you do leave the cities you find mile after mile of dead flat roads with no corners... the shortcomings of a small engine with an auto box are rather less apparent in this situation!

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    Thanks for the article Justin. Mty prediction was'nt too far off...

    I have an "auto" license, but once off my P's I'm allowed to drive either. I can drive a manual obviously, just that I'd already bought an automatic, and it would take less lessons or whatever to get the auto than the manual license.

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    They have since changed it Tim. The new ruling doen't apply to you though.
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    Wow really? I always did think it was kinda crazy. Oh well.

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