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The D-segment is the third largest of the European segments for passenger cars, and is described as "large cars".[1][2] It is equivalent to the Euro NCAP "large family car" size class,[3] and the present-day definition of the mid-size car category used in North America.[4][5] Compact executive cars are part of the D-segment size category.

Most D-segment cars are sedans or wagons. Pricing and specification of D-segment cars can vary greatly, from basic low-cost transport to more luxurious and expensive models.

Sales of D-segment cars represent 8% of the market.[citation needed]

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Current modelsEdit

The five highest selling D-segment cars in Europe are the Volkswagen Passat, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4/S4/RS4, BMW 3-series and Škoda Superb.[6][7]

Historic modelsEdit

Note: this list includes cars from these decades which carried a different nameplate or numeric designation to the modern day equivalent, and in some cases there is no modern day direct equivalent

1960sEdit

1970sEdit

1980sEdit

1990sEdit

2000sEdit

European sales figuresEdit

2017
rank
Make Model 2013 sales 2014 sales 2015 sales 2016 sales 2017 sales[6][7] % change
(2016–2017)
1 Volkswagen Passat 156,025 153,677 226,127 206,813 183,288   –11.4
2 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 176,038 176,915  
3 Audi A4/S4/RS4 162,655 146,006   -10
4 BMW 3-series 144,561 129,053   -11
5 Škoda Superb 42,215 46,149 50,533 85,879 81,410   –5.2
6 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia 77,127 92,694 88,544 73,161 72,347   –1.1
7 BMW 4-series 67,983 64,710   -5
8 Audi A5/S5/RS5 43,686 61,619   +41
9 Ford Mondeo 50,180 45,405 79,673 70,900 56,173   –20.8
10 Volvo S60/V60 53,268 45,335   -15
11 Renault Talisman 1,824 34,344 32,163   –6.4
12 Toyota Avensis 34,489 28,972 33,197 34,998 25,319   –27.7
13 Alfa Romeo Giulia 10,475 24,679   +136
14 Mazda Mazda6 32,538 31,032 30,519 29,226 23,090   –21.0
15 Peugeot 508 56,324 41,797 43,301 37,104 22,842   –38.4
16 Jaguar XE 24,461 18,999   -22
17 Kia Optima 3,362 3,409 3,263 9,515 16,152   +69.8
18 Hyundai i40 29,984 25,016 25,045 20,253 15,251   –24.7
19 Volkswagen Arteon 0 9,798
20 Subaru Legacy/Outback 7,751 6,415 10,806 8,242 7,016   –14.9
21 Citroën DS5 9,130 5,738   -37
22 Lexus IS 6,234 5,649   -9
23 Citroën C5 24,841 18,064 13,480 9,464 4,939   –47.8
24 Subaru Levorg 2,437 4,689 2,865   –38.9
25 Infiniti Q50 2,698 1,777   -34
26 Lexus RC 1,815 1,390   -23
27 Kia Stinger 0 1,143
28 Volkswagen CC 6,750 712   -89
29 Infiniti Q60 99 507   +412
30 Honda Accord 4,467 3,499 1,918 49 16   –67.3
31 Renault Laguna 17,889 16,019 7,831 134 2   –98.5
32 Chevrolet Malibu 2,179 334 6 6 1   –83.3
32 Suzuki Kizashi 536 281 45 1   Reintroduced model
Total 1,335,038 1,235,977   –7.3

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Regulation (EEC) No 4064/89 - Merger Procedure" (PDF). www.europa.eu. 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). www.europa.eu. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Latest Safety Ratings". www.euroncap.com. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  4. ^ "2019 Nissan Altima Proves Midsize Sedans Aren't Dead Yet". www.wardsauto.com. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  5. ^ "America's D-Segment Flab". www.thetruthaboutcars.com. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b "European sales 2017 Midsized car segment". www.carsalesbase.com. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b "European sales 2017 Premium Midsized segment". www.carsalesbase.com. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2019.