Fewer and fewer North American drivers are buying vehicles with a manual transmission.

Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor of cars.com, says only five per cent of the cars manufactured in North America now have manual transmissions.

"There used to be a big advantage to the manual transmission and that was, they were more efficient â€¦but that's not true anymore," says Wiesenfelder.

The owner of Cochrane Toyota, Alex Baum, says a manual transmission still allows a driver to engage in a hands-on way.

Wiesenfelder also believes people who can drive a manual transmission are better drivers.

Joe Wiesenfelder talks with David Gray from the Eyeopener about the death of the stick shift.