When it comes to new manual transmission vehicles, at least in this grim segment of The Global Car Market, which we refer to as America, does not look good ̵
CarBuzz wrote on Thursday that, in the spirit of questioning the automakers about their (often low) percentage of manual sales lately, Genesis also asked how many of its luxury sports saloons G70 use numbers on the rocker instead of Letters are bought. According to Genesis, the sales figures for CarBuzz manuals are basically low:
The manual transmission has its own equipment variant, which also includes a limited slip differential, summer tires and Brembo brakes. With the manual, the G70 takes 6.6 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour, which is fast but not fast.
Speaking to CarBuzz said Kevin Smith, Senior Group Manager of Genesis: "Looking at just the part of the sales manual for our G70 2.0T variants: the manual for our 3.3T variants is not available, the annual manual revenue share for 2019 is 4%.
The 2019 G70 has two engine options, both of which are equipped with either of two rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged along with a 365-horsepower V6 turbocharged 252 PS provides, but only a manual drive for the RWD four-cylinder offers. Therefore, according to the Genesis representative, the 4 percent sales figures refer only to the four-cylinder option.
The Genesis representative confirmed to Jalopnik that 4 percent of the US sales are for manuals, and reported Genesis' current sales figures indicating that its "full, new Genesis distribution network" is not fully in place. (Determining the dealer network since Genesis broke off from Hyundai to be his own affair has been quite a ordeal for some time now.)
Turnover for the G70 through April is 3,076, with no breakdown, according to the charts sales after engine or transmission choice. But even 4 percent of this total is 123, which means that 4 percent of four-cylinder sales in the first four months of the year can easily be in the double digits or almost double digits.
That would sound alarm on any other car – a threat to existence of the manual transmission, at least with regard to the US market. However, the G70 maintained its manual option for the 2019 and 2020 model years, and when asked, Genesis representative Jalopnik said via email that the manual sale will be exactly where the company expects it. It also does not sit around much, said the representative, because the manual production rate of the G70 coincides with its sales rate.
2.0T Sport (manual) package would not be great, but we wanted to be able to offer it to show how much we appreciate the enthusiasts in the market who prefer manuals, "the representative said. "In fact … during the launch, we stated that we expected a rate of less than 5 percent for manual recording."
Genesis knew that hardly any of us would opt for the G70 handbook, but brought one with The American Market anyway – understandably, many automakers do not believe it's worth the effort. This is not the worst way to win new fans.