Volkswagen of America Inc. will sell at least two vehicles with 6-speed manual transmissions in the U.S. for the ’04 model year, and may offer its innovative new Direct Shift Gearbox as well, Ward's learns. For ’04 VW will market a sport package for the slow-selling Passat W8, the priciest of the Passat lineup, and the package will include the option of a 6-speed manual. The high-performance Golf GTi R32 also will have a 6-speed as its only available transmission. Diesel-powered ...

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