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The A-segment is a car classification defined by the European Commission[1] as the first segment in the European market car classification (mini cars). It is a significant niche in Europe with 10.4% market share in 2015.[2]

In recent years, the segment opened to premium cars with success, like the Mini and the Fiat 500. Vauxhall/Opel entered the segment with a premium model, the Adam, in the autumn of 2013. Vauxhall/Opel have had a presence in the A-segment since the launch of its Agila in 2000.[3]

The New York Times[4] described the segment in 2012, saying "today’s small cars actually span three main segments in the global vehicle market". A-segment cars (currently only 0.8% of US market[4]) are dominated by European models Mini and Fiat 500.

Other segments include:

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  1. ^ "REGULATION (EEC) No 4064/89 - MERGER PROCEDURE" (PDF). Office for Official Publications of the European Communities L-2985 Luxembourg. 
  2. ^ "European car sales analysis March 2015 – models". http://left-lane.com/. 
  3. ^ "Lightning-fast start for Opel ADAM: Over 20,000 orders and counting". Opel Media. 
  4. ^ a b "Taking the ‘Cheap’ Out of the Small Car". The New York Times, September 9, 2012, Phil Patton.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "segment" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).