Funny ha ha. They're actually like "manumatics". No clutch pedal. All electronic.
If I remember correctly, the base models require you to shift all the time (push shift lever fwd/back to change, no H pattern), the higher ups have steering wheel paddles and an "automatic" logic so you can let the car do it all if you want.
The transmission is one of the most common criticisms I've read about the car. (Actually the only criticism I can recall.) Jerky, laggy shifts in auto mode being the issue.
I'd certainly like to hear about the smart car in general and in regard to FE. Of course, I'd also like to see other vehicles such as the Echo, Yaris, Festiva, Aspire, and other small cars. But, I guess I have to take what I can find.
alright im super tired so ill make this quick. manumatic gear boxes are just those automatic gear boxes in which you can choose the gear, there is delay and it feels largely disconnected.
a sequential box has 1 flywheel and 2 clutches(one for 1,3,5 the other for 2,4,6). when it is in each gear the other clutch has the next gear ready and the flywheel slips to the other clutch seemlessly. it is super fast and all electronically controlled. the best sequential boxes are made by audi, the dsg, and bmw, the smgII. the real advantage is that it can shift crisply and precisely through all the gears 1-6 then back down 6-1 faster than any of us could pull a quick 1-2.
fuel economy implications: less time shifting with better flow with traffic and same gas spent.
don't waste your time or time will waste you