Modern. Relevant. Real. The 2018 VW Tiguan

Making a splash for summer, here comes the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.  Loaded with style and class, this VW is working its way into the hearts of car lovers everywhere.

This second generation Tiguan stands out in the small SUV market with its “Americanized” size (10.6 inches longer in wheel base) and storage capability (more than double the cargo room) when compared with the previous generation.

Satisfying the needs of the American market is important to Volkswagen and we see it through model re-designs and the release of the family sized Atlas.

Having laid eyes upon all the new models in one place this past February at the Chicago Auto Show, I’d say that Volkswagen is making its way back into the pocketbooks and garages of the American buyer.

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The star of the show isn’t shy when it comes to fashion.  The clean uninterrupted style line from front to back highlights it’s size with flair.  Available 17-20″ wheels make a sporty addition to the fun-to-drive Tiguan.  Volkswagen‘s history of producing fun is ever-present in today’s offerings much as it was in the icons that preceded them.

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Volkswagen is working on a new American legacy, unknown to many, in Chattanooga, TN.  Besides being the production home of the Atlas, Volkswagen Chattanooga is cooperating with Chattanooga State Community College and the local Hamilton County Schools.

The Mechatronics Akademie celebrated its first graduating class this year. The two-year mechatronics is an extension program at Chattanooga State for eligible Hamilton County high school students. Their day is divided evenly into high school/college courses.  The combo of traditional and hands-on technical training provides opportunities to learn computing, mechanics and electronics.

Volkswagen Academy is the three-year program offered after high school.  It includes on site education at CSCC and a paid internship at VW Chattanooga.  Students who graduate garner a conditional job offer for employment at Volkswagen Chattanooga.

Graduating high school with forty hours of college credit and having a conditional job offer after a paid apprenticeship are needles in a haystack called the “future” and VW has found a way to guide young people into fulfilling careers while specifically training the type of workforce they need to make the hoped-for impact in the United States automobile market.

White wall and Tiguan

Enter models like the Jetta and Tiguan.  I covered the Jetta this spring and found it equally responsive and fun-to-drive like the Tiguan. Marketing is specific to young, hip, professionals who want more performance and space.  They get both with the Tiguan.

Starting at just $24,595 (in FWD) the 2.0 Liter TSI® 16-valve DOHC Turbo 4-cylinder direct fuel injection engine provides 184 horsepower and spunk to boot without sacrificing MPG.  21/27 MPG for a combined 23 MPG is exactly what I charted during its week-long stay.  The “start-stop” feature can be turned on and off at the console if it’s not to your liking. Tiptronic® is an available paddle shifting option for the die-hard lovers of a manual transmission.  You’re welcome.

VW Tiguan TSI engine closeup

Volkswagen’s 4MOTION® AWD with Active Control allows for customization based on conditions by just turning a knob.  Press the “MODE” and more choices within the four settings appear on the 8″ Discover Media screen. Want a digital compass, steering angle display and altimeter display during off-road adventures?  Done.

My first car was a Volkswagen, an orange Rabbit to be exact.  It’s paint was not a luxurious as the Habanero Orange Metallic of this Tiguan.  Shocker.

Ahhhhh…but I digress…moving on…

A feature that caught my eye, unique to VW, was the “Think Blue.” trainer.  Whether you’re a first time driver or just trying to get the most MPGs out of a tank the “Think Blue.” trainer is an asset.  Using visuals on the Discover Media screen, driving habits are analyzed in real-time and scores as well as charts are used to gauge driving efficiency.

Oh to have had this in my Rabbit back then…I would have had more quarters to spend on Centipede and Galaga at the arcade.

Think Blue Trainer

Creature comforts like leg room are generous in the Tiguan.  The open air feel of the panoramic sunroof compliment the snug (only for small children) third row seat option.  As with most small SUVs, drop the back seat and haul as much as you like but sacrifice passenger space.  Not with the Tiguan.  Dropping the seats in the small third row gives abundant space for kit and kaboodle while keeping the second passenger row intact.

Eye-catching, head-turning, cool.  Exterior features highlight the Tiguan’s design strategically.  Four trim levels, S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium are available.  My SEL Premium starts at $33,850 and clocked in at $35,545 as driven.

An available R-line® edition will be ready this fall that sports 19″ “Trenton” wheels for the SEL and 20″ “Braselton” wheels for the SEL Premium.  Front and rear bumpers as well as wheel arches and skirting claim new design and exterior R-line® badging.

Frenchtown Station and Tiguan

Last and certainly not least, the Tiguan is overflowing with safety features.  Driver and front passenger front and side airbags.  Side Curtain Protection® to mitigate head impact side-to-side.  Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Engine Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution  (EBD) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) and an Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS).

Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert and Forward Collision Warning plus Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring display in the Discover Media 8″ touchscreen along with the rear view camera fortify the Tiguan’s shield of protection.

VW CAR-NET® uses App-Connect® to integrate the Tiguan to your smart phone.

Driver care packages include the Customer First Warranty that provides for 6-year/72,000 miles.  7-year/100,000 mile corrosion perforation warranty and 3-year/36,000 mile 24-hour roadside assistance program including jump starts, towing, tire changes, out of fuel and lock-out services round out assurances from Volkswagen.

Stripes and Tiguan

Go ahead.  Give the Tiguan a look.  Volkswagen is betting on it.

Field Trippin’ with the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

The end of the school year brings many rewards.  Field trips are one such luxury.

Volkswagen has scheduled their rewarding field trips via JETTAHAUS.  Hosting this weekend are Chicago and Miami.  Next week New York and Los Angeles get the nod.  No matter the venue, taking the All-New 2019 Jetta for a spin scores high on any test.

I had the honor of motoring in the Jetta during its Chicago event.  Holding an innovative release at the Zhou B Art Center was genius. Art and automobiles, what a combo!  

Jetta at Zhou B

Photo by Jules Stayton

Arriving, I was greeted by Mark Gilles, representative for Volkswagen. Salutations were exchanged as we waltzed toward the lineup of 2019 Jettas on hand.  It’s always important to know who’s the boss on a field trip. 

Standing in a straight line, like any good field trip attendee, the Jettas came in a rainbow of colors and trim packages. Mark and I agreed that the “classic line” of this re-design hit it out-of-the-ballpark in the crowded compact car segment.  

2019 Jetta lineup

Photo by Jules Stayton

The S model starts at a conservative $18,545 so I chose a beautiful Tornado Red to make my debut through the Chicago field trip route.  30 city/40 hwy mpg never looked so good. 

Red Jetta line

Photo by Jules Stayton

Options are added to round-out the SE, SEL, SEL Premium and R-Line trim levels. Larger tires, panoramic sunroof, leather, blind-spot monitor, Beats Audio® and the VW Digital Cockpit are just a few of the available luxuries that customize the Jetta to each customer’s vibe.  Click here for a full list of trims and options. 

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R line with art 2019 Jetta

R line emblem 2019 Jetta

R line interior 2019 Jetta

 

Photos by Jules Stayton

The “People First” limited warranty draws consumers with a 6 Year/72,000 mile security blanket that is Bumper-to-Bumper and Transferable.

VW People First Warranty

Photo by Jules Stayton

Driving down Lake Shore Drive amidst the museums and sporting venues was a dream with the support of the 1.4 -liter turbocharged direct injection TSI™ four-cylinder engine.  It is designed to allow higher torque at lower RPMs that adds up to more power and leaner fuel consumption. 

The ride was smooth amidst the pot-holes left over from the recently shed Chicago winter. 148 hp was more than enough in the 8-speed automatic transmission of the Jetta in tow, also available in a 6-speed manual. 

The “driver focused” interior boasts 10 settings in the ambient light package for just the right mood.  Settings for up to 4 drivers can be stored.  8 and 10-inch navigation screens, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make each Jetta like home for its owner.

My first car was a Volkswagen.  Memories were recalled as I put the Jetta through its paces around the Shedd Aquarium, Benton Harbor, Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum.

 

Photos by Jules Stayton

Like any good student, the Jetta was a winner and behaved beautifully under my tutelage.  It was responsive to demands and efficient in its handling and quickness in and out of parking areas.

A wonderful treat was where the JETTAHAUS event was held.  The Zhou B Art Center went all out with not only Jetta displays, but pinball machines, vintage video games, music, food and fun.  Sure to be a success, cars mingled with admirers young and old.

I’d like to say I’m somewhere in the middle…boy was it fun coloring on a car!

 

Go drive a Jetta for yourself this weekend in Chicago and Miami.  Next weekend jet to New York or Los Angeles for your fix. Details can be found at www.jettahaus.com

Sign me up for a trip with the all new 2019 Jetta anytime, it was pure joy, even in the rain…unlike some end-of-the-year field trips.

Volkswagen Builds Its Presence at The Chicago Auto Show

The days of our youth are scattered with experiences that few but us recall.  Many times though, those youthful experiences are remembered for a lifetime.   Their impact surfaces during our adult lives often to mold and shape our futures.  This was so for President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. Hinrich J. Woebcken.

As CEO of the North American Region as well, Hinrich was an exchange student in high school.  He went to the prom, perfected his English. and spent time in the American culture.  His tenure in America shaped the essence of his desire to bring German engineering to the U.S. market through Volkswagen and its offerings.

Hearing him recollect his days as a teen in America and the profound influence it had on him for a lifetime was one of the subjects he touched upon at the Economic Club of Chicago Luncheon at the first of two media days at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

ECC luncheon

Photo by Jules Stayton

Re-living days gone by isn’t something any Volkswagen executive would like to do given VW’s woes surrounding the emissions issue.  When asked by David Snyder, COO of Chicago CRED, Woebcken said that one of the most important aspects of getting through that or any other business crisis is transparency.  Sounds familiar.

Volkswagen is steaming ahead with multiple platforms and models made just for the American market.  Bigger is better in America and the addition of a mid-size SUV fits the bill.  The Atlas has been named Good Housekeeping Magazine’s 2018 Best New Midsize SUV for its “exceptional handling, spaciousness, and practicality”. With almost 100 cubic feet of cargo space, the Atlas boasts room for just about anything, I would also be remiss if I didn’t tell you that there are 17 cup holders too.

VW Atlas

Captain’s chairs are available in the second row and car seats don’t have to be removed to access the third row seat.  A rocker lever positioned on the shoulder of the chair initiates the forward movement so passengers can enter the third row. I’m 5′ 10″ and I had no trouble in and out of the third row and sat comfortably.  Volkswagen had a clever display, seen here, right next to the Atlas with all of the “stuff” that would fit into that 100 cubic feet of space.  My product specialist Sheila was happy to tell me of the Atlas and its popularity and if you would like to know more click here. The Atlas is manufactured by the German automaker in Chattanooga, Tennessee at its Volkswagen plant.

Another big moment on day one of the Chicago Auto Show for the VW brand was the release of a new member of the team replacing the CC, the Arteon.

Billed as a luxury sedan for a mid-size price, the Arteon is longer and sleeker than the CC with 268 hp from a 2.0-liter TSI® engine that carries an eight-speed automatic transmission.  4Motion® all-wheel drive is an available option. In a crowded mid-size class Volkswagen hopes that the exterior styling and cab-backward design will give more room and status to hungry buyers hoping for a sedan that stands out from the crowd.

Journalists are hungry for more than just the story and a free breakfast drew all of us to the Volkswagen corner again on day two to discuss the newly re-invented Jetta.  Designers were going for the “elegant, yet athletic” look for this 2019.

VW Jetta

Photo by Jules Stayton

VW’s best-selling model is set to dazzle more than just 20 something females.  It’s strong lines and front grille are undeniably Volkswagen.  This compact sedan will surely make a splash in the busy class.

Not to be outdone by the Atlas, Arteon or Jetta, the Tiguan has also been re-designed. Fresh off its Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award when equipped with driver safety Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking.  The Tiguan garnered a “Superior” as well on the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) test.

VW Tiguan

Photo by Jules Stayton

Unique to its class, the Tiguan is the only compact SUV to offer an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. It is crafted on the premise that most collisions are not one single event, but multiple events after initial impact.  As soon as the airbags detect a collision, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System engages and hopefully prevents more events as it disrupts the kinetic energy of the initial crash.  It is standard across all trim levels.

Whether the Atlas, Arteon, Jetta, Tiguan or any other Volkswagen product is on your radar, know that VW’s presence at the Chicago Auto Show media days was significant.  Multiple contact points and food win favor among journalists.  Easy to access and open, honest conversation about issues facing the brand are helping move Volkswagen forward.

Volkswagen offered answers, predictions, plans, lattes and hope for the future.

I wonder if Hinrich knew just how important going to the prom in America would be all those years ago…

Loving the Lag…Racing the Day Away @ Autobahn CC

Time. It’s precious.  We never seem to have enough.  Can’t seem to see where it goes.  Its ability to fly especially when “having fun”, miraculous.

The thought of driving finely tuned machines around a closed track seems like a great way to spend a few hours on a Saturday right?  Well…wow…just wow.  What an understatement!

My time at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL turned from a desire to fulfillment the last day of September 2017.  The “Autobahn Experience” was one of the many events available for non-members to attend at the 1 1/2 mile track just southwest of Chicago.  Enthusiasm for sport isn’t limited to just golf for many.  Corporate events, member race clubs, instruction and race certification are all benefits of the Autobahn CC for auto enthusiasts.  Feeding their love of autos drives members to construct “garagemahals” to store their beauties and  may include a luxury condo.  Can you say infinity pool?  Yes…it’s coming.

Join Autobahn CC
Photo by Jules Stayton

On-site garages can design and build your race car for less than a set of Maserati ceramic brakes.  Mazda Miatas are the most popular.  Give them a call and they will have your car ready for racing when you arrive.

I’m amazed at the hum as I sit in the pre-driving instructional session with Brad Beall.  A Vietnam Veteran, Brad joined the Autobahn CC at its inception 13 years ago.   He started instructing that very first weekend and has ever since.  A Porsche 911 SC was his car of choice as he started racing at Autobahn CC.  Fellow drivers saw opportunity with SCCA spec Miatas which grew to over 30 in his tenure on track.

Brad Beall
Brad Beall, photo by Jules Stayton

Drawn by an opportunity to assist his son at Tailwinds Distilling he retired his Miata after six years.  Having driven just about everything, the Porsche 918 is boss of the money list and for driving pleasure the McLaren 650S soars to the top of the chart.  His instruction wasn’t brief, but a top-notch simplified set of tips and physical illustrations on how to be successful on track:

1.  SLOW DOWN.

2.  Turn at the right spot.

3.  Hit the apex.

4.  Stay off the gas.

5.  Stay off the grass.

Going fast has its own set of rules and when abided by, delightful things happen.  Brad blended physics with fun and cautions with comedy.  The stage was set.

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Audi TT Turbo,  photo by Jules Stayton

First up…the Audi TT Turbo.

The testosterone was flowing in the all male group, save yours truly, as Brad asked for a volunteer to go on the first run.  Cement shoes seemed to be the fashion trend for all, save moi, who quickly raised her hand and stepped forward with confidence.  “I came here to drive, let’s go!”  Blazing my own trail–that’s my style and one brave soul broke free of the concrete to be my driving partner.  Thank God for Lloyd.

Slipping into the cockpit of the red wonder spurred excitement.  I thanked Lloyd for being brave enough to ride shotgun and we were off.

Audi Q5

The cone-laden path drawn on the lot beckoned come and we did.  Swerving side to side on our practice run with Brad in the Audi Q5 was replaced with speed in the TT Turbo.  The lag was acknowledged and modified for.  Our run was clean and decent time-wise.  Now for the real thing.  Each driver had two tries and then switched.  This happened three times through the nine drivers present in our group.  The other nine had started on the track.  Winning times were in the mid-20s and I ended with a respectable 26.73 seconds…I kept up with the boys nicely.

Helmet in hand, the next leg of the journey began on the track.  Autobahn sported a winning lineup of rockets ready and able to entertain us for the next couple hours.

Waving me towards him, my newly minted driving partner Lloyd chose our first beauty…the Lexus LC 500.  I had seen this car in the lineup and it was one of the first I’d hoped to drive.  Lloyd and I, drawing from the same karma, claimed it for our own. Its sleek black lines and massive hood drew us in like a moth to the light…buckled in, our adventure began.

Handling like a dream I snaked along with the pace car and four others.  Brad’s tips fresh in my mind, I managed to hit the apex of most every turn and stay off the grass.  Staying off the GAS proved to be a bit more challenging as the Lexus was so responsive to my requests.  Its cockpit-like feel hugged my body and allowed my focus to be on operating the tight track rather than managing the speedometer.  The Lexus LC 500 fulfilled my mind’s-eye vision of balance and form…what a wonderful start.  What’s next?

Lexus LS500
Lexus LC 500, Photo by Jules Stayton

The BMW M6 made its presence known now.  A bit tighter feel and staccato in response in comparison to the LC 500, but still a contender in its own right.  Being a sedan, it was higher and the sway more distinct in the turns.  Adjusting for this variation after a few tire squeals made for a rewarding entry into my M6 playbook.

Rounding out the third rocket on the race track was another Lexus.  The RC F wormed its blue hue into my heart immediately.  Both coupes from Lexus were a pleasure but this one was heaven.  Sport seating enveloped me with a firm but comfortable position that allowed for ultimate control.  Having driven the LC 500, it gave me a preview of what the capabilities of this roadster might hold.

I was pleased with the best being last.  Appreciation abounded for the RC F’s balance, responsiveness and eager to please symphony of technology at my fingertips.  Never was a motorcar more adored on a day filled with curves than the Lexus RC F in my driving diary.  It’s secrets revealed, the Lexus brand scurried up the ladder to being one of my favorite all-time drives thus far.  What a great buggy it was!

Lexus RC F
Lloyd and the Lexus RC F, photo by Jules Stayton

For the average Joe, or Josephine in my case, spinning around the same track over and over again might seem monotonous.  But tripping the light-fantastic in those finely tuned machines rates right up there with some of the most exciting, seat-of-the pants experiences I’ve had this side of Heaven.  It was definitely worth the helmet head…

Keep drivin’…

Autobahn Jules at sunset

Re-designed 2018 Crosstrek Contributes to Record Sales Month for Subaru

Subaru is LOVE-ing its best sales month in history as August 2017 charted a 4.6% increase over August 2016. Sixty-nine consecutive months of yearly month-over-month growth rewards Subaru for its innovative advertising campaigns and commitment to community.

One such program is geared toward pets.  66% of Subaru owners have pets with 71% of those being dog owners.  You may have seen Subaru’s pet commercials with a golden retriever family driving a Subaru and experiencing situations much like any red-blooded American family might. Click here to read more about the details of how the promotion came to life.  It has been one of its most successful campaigns to date and spurred on a whole new marketing emphasis. Even the Center for Pet Safety partnered with Subaru in a study to find the best pet restraint.

Subaru pet safety poster

Making room for pets in the re-designed 2018 Crosstrek is a genius move by Subaru based on that data.  The 2.0i Premium model that I was able to test included all-weather mats and a large tray for the cargo area (standard on Premium and Limited trims) perfect for those muddy paws.  4+ inches of girth are added making it a breeze for the BIG DOGS to jump in.  A rear seat- back protector and bumper cover complete the available equipment from Subaru and after market barriers are available to create the crate-like travel space.  Roof rails are standard on all trim levels to assist in the storage of gear and other fun-loving items like kayaks and tents. Exploring is part of the Subaru brand.

Having pets myself, two large dogs to be specific, I would consider the Crosstrek a great option for taking the little darlings along on trips anytime.  My buddies are always ready for their next escapade and Subaru has made that standard fare in many of their models.  Thank you Subaru for making it just a little easier to include the WHOLE family in travel plans.

Photos by Jules Stayton

Three trim levels rule the 2018 Crosstrek.  Noted for its off-road capabilities and standard AWD,  the entry-level and Premium Crosstrek includes a 6-speed manual transmission with Incline Start Assist for even more control on those rock crawls and gravel roads.  Ground clearance clocks in at 8.7″ when equipped with X-MODE® with Hill Descent Control.  Optional Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Incline Start Assist and 7-speed manual-mode with paddle shifters happened to be on my ride and explored often by this Subaru owner.

Photos by Jules Stayton

Passengers, even those over six-feet, will enjoy the head clearance and leg room in the  spacious 100.9 cubic-foot interior.  The 152 hp 2.0 liter 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer® engine with direct injection is not sluggish but peppy and ready for the on-ramp or back road Sunday drive.  New to the 2018 re-design is high-strength steel on an all-new structure providing 70% more rigidity making it ride quieter and smoother.  I was impressed with a tranquil cabin atmosphere that had the space of an SUV but sporty in its handling capabilities.

Photos by Jules Stayton

Starlink™ is Subaru’s flagship for safety and security.  Available also are Steering Responsive Headlights shown in this video which are new for 2018 that work in tandem with EyeSight® technology that uses two cameras facing forward where the map-lights are located at the top of the windshield.  EyeSight® is the sensor for Pre-Collision Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control.  Pre-Collision Throttle Management cuts power to the engine when objects are detected or if the car is put into drive instead of reverse. Lane Keep Assist, when engaged, helps prevent drowsy driver drift and lane departure by sounding an alert whose volume can be set by the driver.  Blind-Spot Detection flashes a light on the rear view mirror of both the passenger and driver side to inform the driver of potential hazards in the respective blind spots.  Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and  Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) round out Subaru’s bevy of features that make safety a priority.

full wide gas station 2018 Crosstrek

back only barn 2018 Crosstrek

Photos by Jules Stayton

Whether your goals are to get from point A to B or embark on a true adventure the 27/33 mpg 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is a contender.  Apple Car Play™,  Android™ Auto, Pandora® and the all-new voice activated navigation system powered by TomTom® will take you where you need to go.

Sales records testify, Subaru has become America’s go to brand for safety, reliability and durability.  Canines and humans agree…the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is a winner.

The $21,795 base price tag is hard to beat.  Add options and the $915 destination and delivery fee to my Premium model for a grand total of $26,803.

 

*This car was provided for review by Marion Subaru Marion, Illinois.

My love affair with the stick shift…

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I was six.  The shifter in question lived in a late 60s VW Beetle that my Dad had purchased from one of my brothers whose eye had wandered to a new mechanical love. The faded green paint, white interior, rusted floorboard and that knob on the end of a stick…I loved that car.

Being the only girl and the youngest in a family of five kids allowed me certain privileges with Dad. We ventured the streets and byways of our hometown in northern Illinois in that car and Dad taught me to shift.  He would clutch and I would shift left-handed.  I can drive in Europe thanks to him!  Timing my tiny hand with his size 11 shoe became a fun game that we “didn’t tell Mom” about.  In a house full of men, there were a lot of things we (namely me) “didn’t tell Mom” about when it came to riding in cars and on motorcycles.  That car still brings fond memories to mind as I write this blog post.  It was my first true car experience as the driver, or as close as a six-year-old could get…power like that at such a young age corrupts.

78′ Rabbit was the next VW product to drift across the driveway.  I was sixteen and wanting some independence.  Our next door neighbor was a VW mechanic so in my Dad’s eyes that sealed  the deal on another VW in our house.  Spending a whopping $800 on that orange beauty was a bargain…I paid half, Dad the other.  Funny, all that shifting left-handed did me no good as I rode shotgun on the way home from purchasing the gem. Sitting in the driver’s seat was a bit different from a Sunday drive with Dad at the helm.  A few driving lessons later on the National St. hill and he was done.  My tutelage was left to a friend who had mastered her own stick shift via the Mazda wagon of about the same year as my VW.  Manuals have peppered the landscape of my life and I currently enjoy my Subaru Legacy very much while I do some downshifting and passing on the B and C roads of life.

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While I talk of the love of a manual transmission, it makes me wonder where we will go…people like me who love to drive…when cars are more autonomous.  I’m not alone in my despair, the reality of it is here.  More and more features on today’s new rides have minds of their own.  Many are for safety, others for convenience.  Today’s cars will be on the road at least 15-20 years.  I’ve got awhile before we go completely autonomous.

One thing I do know…as long as this exists (photo below)…there will be drivers of manual transmissions. Maybe I should get into racing…looks like fun to me!

I bet Dad would have enjoyed it too!

Keep shifting my friend…

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