Just to make sure I wasn't imaging things I went to a half a dozen dealers and inquired about manual versions of mass market
car that is claimed to be available with manual transmission (nothing said about requiring a special order either) none of these dealers had even one of those on the lot. That screams manufacturer is not actually producing them. I also checked using search online on their
website. Nope, not one manual version in the entire region of the country I live in. Sure no one buys them because the manufacturer isn't making them available.