"We understand why we can’t have nice things like this—American buyers prefer the rolling fortress feel of today’s bulky crossovers to the sleek streamlined presence of a sultry station wagon..."
If this thing sat next to me in a traffic jam for an hour, I'd be hard-pressed to notice anything that sets it apart from any other modern-people-moving-pod. "Sultry?!" lol
I've driven any number of dual-clutch automatics. What makes a manual a manual is that the gears are shifted by hand. When you flap a paddle, you're making a request to a computer and it is deciding when and whether or not to shift the gear. There is nothing manual about a dual-clutch transmission. They may perform better than most drivers, but so what? I recall hearing that the Rabbit personal massager gets the job done more quickly than most men. To each their own.