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The B-segment is the second smallest of the European segments for passenger cars, which is described as "small cars".[1][2] It is equivalent to the subcompact category in the United States and the supermini category in Great Britain[3][4] (however the Euro NCAP vehicle class called Supermini also includes the smaller A-segment cars).[5]


The European segments are not based on size or weight criteria.[1] In practice, B-segment cars have been described as having a length of approximately 4 metres (13 ft).[6][3]

The term B-Segment is also used in India, however the definition of the segment differs from that used in Europe.[7]

Current modelsEdit

The five highest selling B-segment cars in Europe are the Renault Clio, Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta, Citroën C3 and Toyota Yaris.[8]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Regulation (EEC) No 4064/89 - Merger Procedure" (PDF). exact market definition was left open .. boundaries between segments are blurred by factors other than the size or length of cars
  2. ^ "Impact on the Competitiveness of the European Automotive Industry of Potential FTA with India and ASEAN" (PDF). p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 April 2013.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Latest Safety Ratings". Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  6. ^ Meadows, Jordan (2017). Vehicle Design: aesthetic principles in transportation design. Routledge. pp. 39–40. ISBN 9781138685604. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Get your car segments right". Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  8. ^ "European sales 2017 Subcompact car segment". 12 February 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.