Cadillac's ATS in manual transmission guise has a pretty impressive take rate of 5%. This thread over in TCL has some good material in it as well, pointing out that 44% of BMW M series cars are manuals and an estimate that about 10% of Audi's A4/S4/A5/S5 models sold are manuals as well.
From USA Today, Manual Transmissions making a comeback: http://content.usatoday.com/communit...1#.Uvpz6PldUt5
"But the first quarter this year manuals were in 6.5% of new vehicles sold, and that's getting close to double each of the past five years. It's also highest since 7.2% in 2006, according to Edmunds.com.
That high "take rate," as the industry calls it, is even more impressive because just 19% of the 2,360 different models on sale offer manuals, Edmunds.com reports. Five years ago, 29% of the 2,391 available styles did — yet only 2.9% were sold with stick shifts that year, the lowest "take rate" in a decade"
"At Ford Motor, for instance, demand for manuals in the redesigned Focus compact is running close to 10%. "We were planning around 4%, 4.5%," says Paul Russell, Focus marketing manager. In March, Ford even began offering a stick in the high-end Titanium versions of Focus, after having forecast that those higher-income Titanium buyers wanted only automatics."
Let's hope Audi sees the light and brings us an A3 and S3 with the manual transmission in subsequent model years.