How about dual-clutch transmissions for daily drivers. I could stand having gear shifts that are a half-second slower with a traditional auto because with careful planning I can still get to work on time.
GDI is a definite NO, NO. Same with CVT's. And you can throw in all those other devices/features that pose future problems like adaptive cruise control, auto-dimming head lights, automatic windshield wipers, memory seat positions, any setting that require a touchscreen while you're driving and all those other solutions looking for a problem.
I just purchased an 06 Scion xB (wife calls it an XBox) with a 5-speed manual. It's about as basic and simple as can be. It has one of the simplest, most prolific and reliable engines in the industry, the 1.5L 1NZ-FE that's still in production today all over the world in too many vehicles to list. At the time of xB introduction, there was no leading edge technology to be found anywhere, just old fashioned reliable stuff that works. It's a self-propelled shipping crate and will haul my mountain bike, camping gear and everything else with no fuss. It's so ugly, it's cute.
I've had my toys in the past and everyone should have some, too. Now it's time for a DD.