The times they are a-changing dept. August 13, 2018 News Local News Comments Off on The times they are a-changing dept. Taken at the Show in the Shade at Sorosis Park Saturday, August 11. For millennials, that device is called a manual transmission or, more informally, a stick shift. But they are getting rare. In 2016, the Los Angeles Times quoted Edmunds senior analyst Ivan Drury as saying fewer than 3% of current U.S. car sales are manual vehicles — compared with 80% in some European and Asian countries, and down in the U.S. from 7% in 2012 and 25% in 1992.