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Report: Stick shifts appear to be going the way of typewriters

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Just 18 percent of American drivers know how to operate a stick shift, according to new figures from U.S. News and World Report.

Meanwhile, just 5 percent of cars sold in the United States today come with a stick shift.

There are several reasons for the decline in manual transmission. 

Advancements in automatic transmissions and fuel economy have won over tentative converts. Plus, manual transmissions can actually bring down the resale value of a car.

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