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Mercedes-Benz will be phasing out manual transmission from its vehicles by the end of 2023, a spokesperson of the automaker has told German publication Automobilwoche
The move stems from increasing customer demand for electric mobility and the greater demand for electrified vehicle components, batteries and partial electric drive systems, the spokesperson told the publication.
Just last year, Mercedes announced plans to go all-electric by 2030 with all newly launched architectures to be electric-only from 2025 onwards.
In selected markets, the A-Class and B-Class continue to be available with the choice of manual transmission.
Currently, only Mercedes’ A-Class, C-Class, and CLA passenger vehicles offer H-patterned manual transmissions after its Sprinter commercial van was discontinued last year.