I would like an Automatic but not a 10 speed that's ridiculous, 5 or 6 is just fine. I would drive manual but my shoulders dislocate when I shift.I live outside of Charlotte NC, and there are a handful of Ranger owners who will not give up their vehicles, because they have nothing to move into.
The super and crew cab configuration craze ignores the fact that fleet customers would easily go for the standard cab arrangement.
As for the manual transmission, not only are the costs lower up front, they last forever, and are cheap to maintain and rebuild.
As the economy tanks, more and more people are going to be holding onto their vehicles, and the thought of a ten speed automatic, which at some point has to be rebuilt, is simply not appealing.