D-segment

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Ford Mondeo Mk V (2014-present)
VW Passat B1 (1973-1981)

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]

Current models[edit]

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 models[edit]

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

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

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1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

European sales figures[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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.