I wouldn't say 1qt per 1200 is normal per se, however it is not out of the ordinary. I can attest because of the vehicles I mentioned in my previous post. Was I happy about it when I had those cars? No, but I knew that Honda and Subaru wouldn't change my motor for that rate of consumption. With regards to which side I'm on? Of course the consumer side, however I also know that companies have to put some sort of metric with the rate of consumption. If the metric were 1 quart for every 2k miles, then they would be going out of business, as cars sometimes do this.
Perhaps I am used to cars consuming oil? I know it's a pain and you feel like you have a POS, I get that. But car companies simply cannot make a car that doesn't consume oil for every car they make. Good luck with your consumption test, I hope things work out for you. As I told 79letour, drive the car hard to try to consume more oil (giving it severe conditions as stated in the manual). It can only help you out with meeting the threshold.