I’m thinking Comfort? For Example:
Bench seat in the front, if the shifter placement is on the floor it would take up foot room therefore there would be a comfort penalty, column would be the preferred placement followed by dash.
The wording kinda makes me think of something like the Hondamatic:
Sequential as it is in game could be a Variation of it, I Had a 1983 Honda ATC 200e Big Red years ago that had a Automatic Clutch, I still had to manually shift but didn’t have to operate the Clutch just blip the throttle, it had a Wet Clutch AKA Clutch shared the same Oil as the Engine if i’m not mistaken.