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Renault Clio, best seller in the segment

B-segment (or small cars) is a car classification defined by the European Commission as larger than cars in the A-segment and smaller than those in the C-segment.[1]

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B-segment classificationEdit

There are differences in the exact segmentation and classification of particular automobiles that are marketed in various national markets.[2] The European letter designation system arranges vehicle weight, width, and length that places cars that are about 4 metres (13 ft) long in the B-segment.[3]

There are variations in vehicle classifications and the European B-segment automobiles are often described as a subcompact car in the United States and are roughly between 144–165 inches (3,658–4,191 mm) in overall length.[4] Although they fit within the B-segment, in Europe these automobiles are often described as supermini cars.[5][4]

The variety of B segment cars has been increasing world-wide reflecting the shift in the marketplace due to the economic crisis occurring between 2007-2010.[6] Manufactures have been developing more variants in this category and new emerging markets have been profitable opportunities.[7]

European sales figuresEdit

The top models in Europe according to 2017 Sales were:[8]

2017
rank
Manufacturer Model 2013 sales 2014 sales 2015 sales 2016 sales 2017 sales % change
(2016–2017)
1 Renault Clio 283,749 299,623 303,240 310,944 321,472   +3.4%
2 Volkswagen Polo 264,763 279,463 301,462 307,462 271,369   –11.7%
3 Ford Fiesta 292,715 308,345 313,610 298,999 255,602   –14.5%
4 Peugeot 208 237,266 214,547 228,088 247,379 242,589   –1.9%
5 Opel/Vauxhall Corsa 240,005 250,342 268,846 262,939 231,434   –12.0%
6 Citroën C3 113,625 129,612 123,443 133,566 205,272   +53.7%
7 Toyota Yaris 163,326 169,016 182,407 192,005 198,578   +3.4%
8 Dacia Sandero 121,169 138,709 147,497 167,766 194,996   +16.2%
9 Škoda Fabia 125,687 116,337 159,927 175,264 177,116   +1.1%
10 SEAT Ibiza 110,413 112,928 118,055 120,465 117,780   –2.2%
11 Hyundai i20 82,139 83,903 91,758 98,956 100,571   +1.6%
12 Nissan Micra 48,088 60,318 66,147 60,212 86,489   +43.6%
13 Kia Rio 58,041 58,425 63,930 67,622 70,309   +4.0%
14 Dacia Logan 27,656 54,549 56,144 51,055 54,029   +5.8%
15 Ford Ka+ 10,588 51,277   +384.3%
16 Fiat Punto 104,000 86,955 79,202 62,654 49,688   –20.7%
17 Suzuki Swift 51,878 49,854 54,442 44,378 38,576   –13.1%
18 Honda Jazz 42,548 37,645 30,510 37,005 34,898   –5.7%
19 Mazda Mazda2 23,604 24,289 35,478 36,463 31,703   –13.1%
20 Renault Zoe 8,774 11,090 18,469 21,240 30,134   +41.9%
21 Suzuki Baleno 14,521 18,518   +27.5%
22 MG MG 3 209 1,628 2,603 3,243 3,093   –4.6%
23 Lada Granta 616 998   62.0%
24 Lada Kalina 1,048 653   –37.7%
25 Chevrolet Aveo 22,686 3,774 140 37 3   –91.9%
26 Peugeot 207 49,865 16,110 1,401 21 2   –90.5%
27 Mitsubishi Colt 7,825 222 19 1 1   0.0%
Total 2,726,451 2,787,150   +2.2%

Current B segment carsEdit

SedansEdit

Former B segment carsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Regulation (EEC) No 4064/89 - Merger Procedure" (PDF). Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. 17 March 1999. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  2. ^ Krishnan, Sanjay (13 November 2003). "Get your car segments right". Business Standard. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  3. ^ Meadows, Jordan (2017). Vehicle Design: aesthetic principles in transportation design. Routledge. pp. 39–40. ISBN 9781138685604. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b Jacobs, Andrew James (2016). The new domestic automakers in the United States and Canada: history, impacts, and prospects. Lexington Books. p. 33. ISBN 9780739188262. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  5. ^ Maxton, Graeme P.; Wormald, John (2004). Time for a Model Change: Re-engineering the Global Automotive Industry. p. 17. ISBN 9780521837156. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  6. ^ Nieuwenhuis, Paul; Wells, Peter E., eds. (2015). The global automotive industry. John Wiley & Sons. p. 140. ISBN 9781118802397. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  7. ^ Foy, Henry (22 August 2013). "Dacia leads charge of emerging market cars in Europe". Financial Times. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  8. ^ "European car sales data by segment - Left-Lane.com". carsalesbase.com. Retrieved 2018-02-27.