Why many car manufacturers still use gearstick / gearshift for automatic transmissions?

by UXP   Last Updated November 22, 2017 14:16 PM

Why gear selectors for automatic transmission are still made in form of the gear stick for manual transmissions?

BMW

Ford

Isn't this useless waste of space?

There are at least two other possibilities (both seen on Citroën). So why are manufacturers still make those old-fashioned sticks?

Buttons: Citroën C4 Cactus

Selector behind the steering wheel: Citroën Grand Picasso



Answers 1


Reuse of cockpit layout between manual and automatic comes to mind (i.e. not having to maintain two variants regarding this aspect). If the cockpit layout is different, maintaining two variants would mean having to maintaining molds for two different cockpits etc. and managing your JIT deliveries / stock to have two separate items, which is something OEMs very much like to avoid (given that they already have dozens of issues where they do not have a choice but to do it).

pmf
pmf
November 22, 2017 13:47 PM

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