Although they trail the nearly 90% take rate with domestic models, automatic transmissions are gaining ground with import car and truck buyers, Ward's data on '98 model import factory installed equipment show. On the car side, a full 83.7% of U.S. imports sold had 4- or 5-speed automatics in '98, up from 74.5% in '97 (see Ward's Automotive Reports — June 14, '99, insert). Among truck buyers, 83.3% chose automatics, up from 80.8% in '97 (see insert pp. 3-4 in this issue). The growth in ...

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