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Ford Ka+, a new entry in the segment

The A-segment is a car classification defined by the European Commission as the first segment in the European market car classification (mini cars). It is a significant niche in Europe with 8% market share in 2017.[1]

Fca group traditionally[clarification needed] leads the segment with Fiat Panda and Fiat 500 (2007); Hyundai Motor Company however gain significant niche in recent times with Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto, which reached the level of Volkswagen with the twin models Volkswagen Up, SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo.[citation needed] Recent[when?] entry in the segment is the refreshed Ford Ka.[citation needed]

In recent years,[when?] the segment opened to premium cars with success,[opinion] like the Mini and the Fiat 500. Vauxhall/Opel entered the segment with a premium model, the Adam, in the autumn of 2013.[citation needed]

The New York Times said in 2012, "today's small cars actually span three main segments in the global vehicle market".[2] A-segment cars were 0.8% of US market in 2012, and dominated by European brands Mini and Fiat 500.[3]

Current A-segment cars[edit]

2/3-door models[edit]


  1. ^ "REGULATION (EEC) No 4064/89 - MERGER PROCEDURE" (PDF). Office for Official Publications of the European Communities L-2985 Luxembourg. 
  2. ^ Patton, Phil (September 9, 2012). "Taking the 'Cheap' Out of the Small Car". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "August 2012 YTD - Top 262 Best-Selling Vehicles In America - Every Vehicle Ranked". GOOD CAR BAD CAR Website.