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19% of Acura Integras have been sold with a manual transmission

Bynewsmagzines

Jun 12, 2023
Some younger drivers relish the idea of stick shifting

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While you’ll need to wait another week to read our review of the upcoming 2024 Acura Integra Type S, there is a nice little nugget of information we can share in the meantime. Between May 2022 and April 2023, Acura reports that it sold 19,643 Integras. According to the figures Acura shared, so grain of salt, that is grossly more than other entry-level luxury sedans: the Audi A3 (8,866), Mercedes-Benz CLA (6,656) and BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe (3,913). It’s unclear if the A3 also includes S3 and RS 3, but the total would assuredly be less than Integra. 

The thing that most piqued our interest, however, was Acura saying that 19% of those 19,643 Integras came with the six-speed manual transmission. Now, that’s a colossal change from the earliest days of Integra orders when the manual take-rate was hovering around 70%. Clearly, late adopters weren’t as eager to row their own. It’s also important to note that the manual is exclusively tied to the loaded A-Spec with Technology package, so it’s effectively a pricey option. 

While 19% — roughly 3,732 units — may not seem like a lot, it’s actually not bad these days, and not that far off the entire 2 Series Gran Coupe lineup. That number is also about to go up since the Type S is exclusively available with a six-speed manual. 

A few other sales-related Integra tidbits:

It has the youngest buyers in the segment, as defined by those cars listed above, with 36% being younger than 35. Also, about 70% of buyers were of the “conquest” variety, meaning they were former Spanish Conquistadors. Wait, what’s that? Oh, that makes more sense: So 70% of Integra buyers previously owned a car that wasn’t an Acura, although when asked, Acura mentioned that it was possible that the buyers in question owned an Acura at some point in the distant past (you know, like an Integra) and were making a return to the brand.

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