The A-segment is a category in the passenger car classification system defined by the European Commission. It is used for city cars, the smallest category of passenger cars defined. In Europe the term city car is also used.
The popularity of the segment increased in the late 1950s, due to the introduction of the Fiat 500 and the BMC Mini. As of 2017, A-segment sales account for 8% market share in Europe.[failed verification]
In India, historically the A-segment cars had the highest sales. However, sales have been in decline in recent years, falling from 70,000 sales per month in 2014 to 47,000 sales per month in 2016.
In Italy, A-segment cars represented 14.9% of car sales in the first half of 2018.
As of 2019, only few A-segment cars had successes outside Europe, such as Hyundai Grand i10, Honda Brio, Kia Picanto, Suzuki Celerio (also sold under Maruti brand), Ford Figo, smart fortwo, Citroen C1, Peugeot 108, modern Fiat 500 and BMW Mini.
The top five selling A-segment cars in Europe are the Fiat 500, Fiat Panda, Volkswagen Up!, Toyota Aygo and Renault Twingo.
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(City cars) are meant to be cheap, small, easy to park and yet practical, with good manners on the open road
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