Ah, yes, that grand ol' Powerglide. One thing it DID have that was an advantage over the 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic; you could push start the vehicle. Put it in neutral, push it forward, yank it into drive. I remember back in 1967 arguing with my mom 'till she finally relented and got the 3-speed automatic instead of the 2-speed. Luckily it came wrapped inside a 1967 Impala Super Sport with a 396 V8, instead of the Bel Air with a 327. Vroom.
Ford would, (or should), make what ever the customers want to spend their money on. The 6 speed automatic may be a computerized gas saver but i am willing to bet a 6 speed stick will burn more gas. Why? Because people will get lazy shifting in traffic and will ride the lower gear longer rather than shift. 6 speed on the track, great idea, can pick best rpm to take a turn in giving me maximum torque to accelerate out of turn. 6 speed stick shifter on the street bad idea no matter how much fun you think it is to drive. Again your arguing the wrong point. this has nothing to do with what you want or think you need to play with.
Maybe some may have ego trips, but people like me buy a 6-speed for better fuel economy, and less wear and tear on the engine. If a six speed is so bad, why would Ford make a six speed automatic for the 500? Are you saying Ford's on a ego trip?
Obviously you don't understand what I said. Demand has nothing to do with reality. I said it was an ego trip and that it was useless in a passenger car for daily driving. The only reason people buy into the 6 speed is so they can make believe they're some hot shot racing hero. Hey you want one-knock yourself out, How about a racing helmet to go along with it. Or maybe a real cool racing jacket. It's your money.
Go back to school and understand what you are reading.