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D-segment (or large cars) is defined by the European Commission[1] as the fourth segment in European market car classification.

Specs and trim-levels vary a lot in these cars. The compact executive cars generally have a sporty drive and are very driver-orientated, while large family cars or mid-size cars are geared towards every-day use for transporting people and other goods. As with E-segment cars, they can come in several body-types, coupés being common with the compact executive cars, and station wagons for practical family-use.

They are the smallest of the large cars. Over the decades, they have grown a considerable amount in dimensions, this has done favors for certain models as their manufacturers have abandoned making expensive, higher-prestige levels of luxury cars. An example would be Ford discontinuing the executive Ford Scorpio, and rather the highest trim of the Ford Mondeo known as the Vignale is equipped with modern and basic luxurious benefits such as leather massaging seats, park-assist, and rear-parking cameras. Another example of this would be Peugeot replacing the 607 with the 508.

Typical D-segment cars include compact executive cars such as Acura ILX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-class and Volvo S60 as well as mid-size cars such as Citroen C5, Ford Mondeo, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima, Opel Insignia, Peugeot 508, Renault Talisman, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry and VW Passat.

Current D-segment cars[edit]

5-door models[edit]

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  1. ^ "REGULATION (EEC) No 4064/89 - MERGER PROCEDURE" (PDF). Office for Official Publications of the European Communities L-2985 Luxembourg.