When Cadillac launched the CTS Sedan, and later the CTS Coupe, they presented the cars as a viable option to European sport sedans and coupes. Part of Cadillac’s marketing strategy was to offer CTS sedan or coupe models with either a manual or an automatic transmission, just as buyers of BMW or Audi automobiles could decide to shift for themselves or not.
In 2011, for example, buyers of Cadillac’s base CTS sedan or coupe, with the 3.0-liter V-6 engine, could opt for either transmission. Buyer’s of the CTS sedan or coupe in Performance or Premium variants (equipped with the 3.6-liter, V-6 engine) could also choose their gearbox, as could buyers of any Cadillac CTS-V model.
Last year, only buyers of the CTS Sport Wagon were forced to accept an automatic transmission. Still, sales of the manual transmission cars were dwarfed by sales of the automatic transmission models, but offering both gave Cadillac the ability to proclaim that they once again built cars for enthusiasts.
That changes for 2012, according to Inside Line, which reports Cadillac will no longer offer the 3.0-liter or 3.6-liter CTS sedan or coupe models with a manual transmission. GM hasn’t said why the change was made, but it’s likely due to low demand for manual transmission CTS models in base or mid-grade trim levels. The change does not affect CTS-V models, all of which remain available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.