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