Europe doesn't really do column shift - also potentially hassle with swapping between LHD and RHD (which side of the column do you want it on?) although, this might be less of a problem with it being probably electrical shifting rather than the old fashioned mechanical linkage shifters of the pastAny ideas as to why they put the gear selector up on the dash instead of on the steering wheel column? I get that not having it in the console allows for storage in the console or the 3rd middle seat, but why a handle selector up on the dash?
Ergonomically, they fall to hand quite nicely and more intuitive than a column shift for many European drivers.A lot of commercial vans in Europe use that method, it seems quite convienient! and as you say it allows for the 3rd seat
More things to get confused with... I'm sure some drivers struggle with the up and down motion that operate indicators...On the steering wheel column, you're more likely to accidently hit it than if on the dash. There are enough buttons and stalks with buttons on the steering column.