Martin Bigg, CarBuzz »

It turns out the Bronco’s manual transmission option is more popular than Ford ever thought it would be. In a post on Twitter, Ford’s Design Strategy Director, Ryan Tomorrow, revealed that manual transmissions make up 18 percent of all Bronco orders.

“18% of #FordBronco orders are for manual transmissions. Ford gave customers the choice, and they choose to #savethemanuals,” Tomorrow wrote on Twitter.

That’s a surprisingly high uptake considering the manual transmission is only available for the less popular 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’s also a pleasant surprise since sales of manual transmissions have declined in the US in favor of automatics.