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I think the 6-speed will be about the limit, since any more may help in fuel economy, but shifting 6 times (or more) just to get to highway speeds won't appeal to most MTX drivers.
The 7- or 8-speed ATX may become more commonplace. It'll help to better acceleration and fuel economy for ATX models, since, in general, they suffer from more drivetrain loss than MTX.
The sequential-manuals and all the new clutch-less gearboxes are slowly catching on, and I bet they are a blast to drive with, but (IMO) they'll never replace a proper 3-pedal manual. I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels this way.
As for CVT? The verdict's still out on it. Newer Nissans are using more CVTs, and (I think) Ford was to also, but has since scaled back (I know the Fusion was supposed to have a CVT, but was dropped at the last minute). I'm still leary about their long-term durability/longevity, but we'll see...
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