In a report published by Carbuzz, Toyota U.S. recorded its Corolla having a take-up rate of less than 1 percent for the manual option. This meant that out of the 280,000 Corollas sold in the US during 2018, less than 2,800 of them were ordered with a manual gearbox. This is despite Toyota offering its more sporty hatchback with a new six-speed gearbox.
Meanwhile, only 5 percent of buyers for its Yaris chose the manual 'box, prompting the company to not offer the its upcoming Yaris with a manual option at all.
You would expect its driver-focused 86 to do better when it comes to the amount of buyers going for the manual option but the truth is only 33 percent of 86s sold last year were manuals.
With these numbers in mind, it is not difficult to see why it is increasingly difficult for automakers to justify a manual option in their models.