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.[not in citation given]
In India, traditionally the A-segment cars had clocked 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 36.8% of car sales in the first half of 2018.
The top five selling A-segment cars in Europe are the Fiat 500, Fiat Panda, Volkswagen Up!, Hyundai i10 and Toyota Aygo.
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