ANCHOR LEAD: If you're looking to save money, help the environment, and have a little fun in the process then Chevrolet's new Stay Clutch technology might be for you. Brian Osuch has more. (:58)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. According to Edmunds.com, manual transmissions sales are nearly double what they were five years ago. GM's James Bell says the increased interest in manual transmissions is exciting. James, tell me about the new "Stay Clutch" technology.
CUT: (Bell) With Chevy's new "Stay Clutch" technology no matter what kind of hill you're on you won't slide backwards. It really takes away a lot of that anxiety. Now what it does basically is it holds the car in place until it feels as if the clutch has come out to such a point that it's able to drive you forward.
SCRIPT: How can a manual transmission save drivers money?
CUT: (Bell) In the little Chevrolet Sonic, when equipped with a manual gear box you get about 40 miles per gallon on the highway but with an automatic gear box you're looking at about 37 miles per gallon. Not a big difference but over the course of living with the vehicle and filling up the tank it can really add up.
SCRIPT: Bell says with the new Chevy Sonic you can save around $500 by choosing a manual transmission over automatic. For more, go to Chevrolet -dot-com. That's Newsbreak from GM. I'm Brian Osuch.
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