Is Ram’s Man­ual Trans­mis­sion Dead?

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It may not be ex­tinct yet, but ac­cord­ing to data col­lected from Cars.com and re­search con­ducted by Per­for­mance Truck Prod­ucts it’s def­i­nitely in its death throes. Of an avail­able 13,366 2018 Ram 2500 mod­els pack­ing Cum­mins un­der the hood, just 281 are backed by the G56 man­ual. And as for 3500 mod­els, a mere 155 trucks are graced with a bolt-ac­tion trans­mis­sion. So what does this in­for­ma­tion mean? Are con­sumers buy­ing au­to­mat­ics be­cause they’d rather have the higher power rat­ing that comes with them, or is this a sign that to­day’s au­to­mat­ics are bet­ter equipped to han­dle the tasks we asked of them? If you re­call, Ram has been the sole man­u­fac­turer of­fer­ing a man­ual trans­mis­sion op­tion in the heavy-duty truck seg­ment since 2011. How­ever, it may soon come to an end.

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