DEARBORN, MI – Ford officials dismiss reports of younger buyers steering away from manual transmissions, saying the auto maker is seeing an uptick in take rates among Fiesta and Focus buyers. As a result, expect a heavy marketing play designed to lead millennial buyers into its “hot hatches,” ranging from the top-trim Focus Titanium – which added a manual transmission option last year – to the high-performance ST models. “Our Fiesta manual mix has ...

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