His response: “We will continue to offer a manual in the 2, 3, and 4 Series for the foreseeable future. The same goes for the M versions of those models.” Now, here’s Robertson’s contradictory statement to Car and Driver regarding the 3 Series: “Across the world, virtually all of our 3 series (models) and above already have automatic transmissions. The US is predominantly auto, and more and more of Europe is as well. We will certainly see fewer and fewer manual transmissions being offered.” Read between the lines, and it’s sounding pretty unlikely the next-gen 3 Series, due in just a couple years’ time, will offer a manual. However, this won’t apply to the next M3 and M4, Robertson clarified.