Why are some manufacturers not producing petrol automatics?

Why are some manufacturers not producing petrol automatics? The motoring press have raved about the SEAT Ateca and Mazda CX-5, neither of which are available as petrol automatics. I have also read great things about the Renault Kadjar, yet none are available to test drive - only to order unseen. As petrol cars are now flavour of the month again (and although I realise it must take some time for manufacturers to respond to market trends) surely they should have dusted themselves off and not been found napping on this important issue?

Asked on 6 December 2016 by Linda Byrne

Answered by Honest John
It is taking considerable time for manufacturers to develop efficient new small petrol engines that work well with automatic transmissions. Peugeot/Citroen had got there with its 1.2 PureTech 110 and 130 engines available with the EAT6 compact torque converter automatic box in the 2008, 3008 and C4 Picasso.
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