Q. I’m reading that, contrary to public opinion, more younger drivers want to learn how to drive “stick shift,” with a manual  transmission and clutch instead of driving a clutchless automatic transmission vehicle. — Gary R. (via Internet)

A. Hyundai apparently is one automaker that thinks so. It’s offering its 2018 Elantra GT Sport with a six-speed manual transmission and clutch. I’ve driven the new GT Sport with the manual transmission and found it has a very smooth shifter and easily worked clutch. Moreover, it’s got a turbocharged engine with more horsepower (201) and a multilink rear suspension for better handling—not to mention such features as leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control and an 8-inch display ready for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Q. I think one reason many car buyers hate to buy a new vehicle at a dealership is because many dealership sales terms are foreign to them. For instance, what is a dealer “holdback,” which I doubt is a word dealership sales persons mention to potential buyers. Sure, they’ll say they’ll sell you a car “at invoice,” making you feel as if you’re getting a great deal. So where does the “holdback” come in?” — H.J. (via Internet)

A. “Holdback” is a portion of the difference between the sticker price and the invoice price an automaker holds back when the dealership buys a vehicle—and then returns to the dealership later (for instance, quarterly) after the vehicle is sold. The amount is usually expressed as a percentage of the sticker price. Remember that a dealership has many expenses and wouldn’t be there to sell you a vehicle if it didn’t make profits.

Q. One problem of car leasing is that people don’t bother much with vehicle maintenance, particularly tire care, knowing they’re going to return a leased car in a few years and likely get a new one. With Labor Day coming fast, what are some things motorists should keep in mind to stay safe on the road? — J.H. (via Internet) 

A. According to the Michelin tire folks, drivers are 3 times less likely to check tire conditions during summer, despite the fact that heat (usually from under-inflated tires) is a prime tire enemy. Michelin spokesperson Jashel Jones says Michelin feels that 75 percent of drivers falsely think summer has fewer accidents than other times of the year. Why? Because 2 in 3 drivers feel safer driving in summer, citing better road conditions and weather.  One reason is that drivers are 3 times less likely to be alert and focused on immediate surroundings while driving in summer, compared to winter. 

Q. Automobile magazine says the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon (starting at $84,995) does 0-60 m.p.h. in 2.3 seconds with 840 horsepower and that the 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast, which costs approximately $333,275, rockets from 0-60 m.p.h. in 2.8 seconds with its 789-horsepower engine. So why bother buying the Ferrari? —F.C. (via Internet)

A. I see your point, but there’s more to a car than sheer horsepower and a blazing 0-60 m.p.h. time. Then again, why not get the 2018 650-horsepower Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE with a track package for merely $69,995. It’s essentially a race car for the street. I don’t know its 0-60 m.p.h. time yet, but you just know it’s got to be great. And the Camaro’s handling doubtlessly tops that of the Dodge Demon. Finally, a Dodge is a Dodge, a Chevrolet is a Chevrolet and a Ferrari is a Ferrari. That means a lot to some people (with lots of money).

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