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PDK, Manual, and Allocation/Availability

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I ordered a manual transmission Cayman back in May, and the order just got picked up because of limited allocation, and will get the 2019 model in February. Overall a nine months wait.

One thing I realized as I kept on checking for availability of 2018 Cayman is that there are so few manual transmission cars available here in US.

My questions is why doesn't Porsche make more manual transmission cars? I have heard that "no one wants manual transmission anymore" argument. But I, and presumable some others, would have gladly taken a 2018 manual transmission car if it had been available. There seems to be a mismatch of PDK cars sitting in Porsche dealer lots when quite a few of us are waiting for that manual car to pop up. What gives?
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Perhaps more of the manual drivers are enthusiast oriented and would have order anyways.

Just puzzles me why the dealers don't order more manuals if they keep on having no stock available while PDKs are sitting here in California lots.
Because dealers aren't stupid: Manual cars are very, very hard to sell these days.

Think about this: Two years ago, four percent of all vehicles sold in the U.S. were manuals. Today, that number has likely dropped to below three percent.

Let's assume that on a sports car like the 718, the manual 'take rate' is 20 percent. Why would you order a buttload of manuals for your lot that will be five times as difficult to sell as a PDK car? Taken further: With allocations so precious, why would you waste more than one or two a year on a car that will be five times as hard to sell as a PDK car?

From a dealer's perspective, stocking manual cars makes little sense. In 2018, if you really want a manual, order it. At least Porsche allows for this -- some never did before killing manuals entirely. (I'm looking at you, Audi.)
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