I don't know whether it's just ignorance or trying to pretend to be cool, but I'm noticing everybody seems to be calling their car a 'manual' because it has tiptronic paddle shifters. In many ways, this is like calling a sex doll your girlfriend because it has a face.
In fact I'm noticing people are becoming terrified of admitting that their car is automatic. Whenever I ask someone what transmission their car is, they'll go into marketing jargon overdrive by saying ' manual paddle shift', tiptronic, dual-clutch PDRN, or some other codeword. At this time I can't confirm or deny whether those with paddle shifters even use them because they've been around for a while now with very little cult following or appreciation.
But anyway, point is we need to come up with a new colloquial term for a car that has a gear stick and foot pedal clutch, because is way too confusing.
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