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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.[1] In Europe the term city car is also used.[2][3]

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.[4][not in citation given]

Sales figures[edit]

In the United States, A-segment cars represented 0.8% of the market and the segment was dominated by the Mini and Fiat 500.[5]

In India, traditionally the A-segment cars had clocked the highest sales. However, sales have been in decline in recent years,[6] falling from 70,000 sales per month in 2014 to 47,000 sales per month in 2016.[7]

In Italy, A-segment cars represented 14.9% of car sales in the first half of 2018.[8]

Current models[edit]

The top five selling A-segment cars in Europe are the Fiat 500, Fiat Panda, Volkswagen Up!, Hyundai i10 and Toyota Aygo.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "European classification for vehicle category, based in UNECE standards". European Alternative Fuels Observatory. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. ^ "AUTOS ON MONDAY/Design; Little Cars in the Big Apple: Still Only a Good Idea". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 March 2010. In Europe, the "city car" is a well-understood concept
  3. ^ Ruppert, James. "Motoring: The City car to be seen in". The Independent. Retrieved 1 March 2010. (City cars) are meant to be cheap, small, easy to park and yet practical, with good manners on the open road
  4. ^ "REGULATION (EEC) No 4064/89 - MERGER PROCEDURE" (PDF). Office for Official Publications of the European Communities L-2985 Luxembourg.
  5. ^ "Taking the 'Cheap' Out of the Small Car". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  6. ^ "India: A-segment cars biggest market share loser, compact SUVs leading gainer". www.ihsmarkit.com. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Segment shift: Indian car buyers now prefer premium". www.carwale.com. 14 April 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Car market share by segment Italy 2018". www.statista.com. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  9. ^ "European sales 2017 Minicar segment". www.carsalesbase.com. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.