just-auto.com -- Research carried on the www.just-auto.com website points to a steady rise in automatic transmission technology in new cars. Europe is the bastion of manual or 'stick' shift, contrasting with the US and Japan where automatics dominate. However, technological advances will trigger greater take-up of automatic transmission by vehicle makers in Europe. just-auto.com's industry partner, CSM Worldwide, a specialist in automotive technology research and consulting, conducted the research.