E-segment

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Jaguar XF
(2015-present model shown)
Citroën DS (1955-1975)

The E-segment is the second largest of the European segments for passenger cars, synonymous with the term executive car.[1][2][3]

E-Segment is a niche in Europe (3% penetration in 2017).[citation needed]

Most E-segment cars are sedans/saloons, however several models are also produced in a wagon/estate body style.

Current models[edit]

The three highest selling E-segment cars in Europe are the Mercedes-Benz E-class, BMW 5 Series and Audi A6.[4]

European vs. American classification[edit]

The terms E-segment or executive car do not have a one-to-one equivalent in the American car classification. However, if a modern E-segment sedan by a European brand is sold in the U.S., it invariably falls into the category of a mid-size sedan, usually a mid-size luxury sedan. This is true, for example, for the BMW 5 G30 and the standard-wheelbase Volvo S90.

Conversely, the American mid-size sedan classification[note 1] spans both the D-segment and the E-segment. With size brackets of European car segments increasing, the Toyota Camry fell from the E-segment[5] into the D-segment while remaining a mid-size car.

European sales figures[edit]

Note: the table includes not only E-segment cars, but also a car fitting the F-segment in terms of size (the 2011 Chrysler 300).

2018
rank
Manufacturer Model 2013 sales 2014 sales 2015 sales 2016 sales 2017 sales[4] 2018 sales[6] % change
(2017–2018)
1 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 106,559 99,565 84,771 99,494 127,638 117,906 Decrease -7.6%
2 BMW 5 Series 107,307 98,701 88,898 81,599 109,953 108,653 Decrease -1.2%
3 Audi A6 / A6 allroad 82,883 84,283 95,329 93,479 78,944 71,258 Decrease –9.7%
4 Volvo S90 / V90 10,834 55,193 56,192 Increase +1.8%
5 BMW 6 Series 8,549 7,880 7,370 5,732 5,610 10,703 Increase +90.8%
6 Jaguar XF 20,414 20,609 16,416 16,024 12,501 10,375 Decrease –17.0%
7 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 15,139 10,289 12,600 7,803 5,116 9,113 Increase +78.1%
8 Audi A7 Sportback 8,986 8,473 10,196 9,120 6,111 8,935 Increase +46.2%
9 Porsche Panamera 5,679 5,676 4,191 3,140 10,478 9,454 Decrease -10%
10 Maserati Ghibli 339 4,238 4,644 4,124 2,981 2,534 Decrease –15.0%
11 BMW 8 Series 1,299 New
12 Lexus GS 1,922 2,032 1,373 2,023 1,508 1,066 Decrease –29.3%
13 Lexus ES 217 New
14 Lincoln Continental 5,261 12,012 8,758
15 Infiniti Q70 339 145 560 484 362 64 Decrease –82.3%
16 Genesis G80 163 228 131 49 30 Decrease –38.8%
17 Volvo V70 / XC70 40,260 46,348 49,263 30,436 511 21 Decrease –95.9%
18 Chrysler/Lancia 300C/Thema 2,236 392 28 19 16 12 Decrease –25.0%
Total 373,727 422,525 415,757 Decrease -1.6%

Current E-segment cars[edit]

5-door models[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also, the American full-size sedan classification does not have any equivalent in the European classification with the exception of full-size luxury cars which belong to the F-segment. As European segments denote both size and equipment level, American full-size cars that are not luxury cars simply do not belong to any of the European segments. Considering length only, they would always fall into the F-segment or even exceed its dimensions - with a possible exception of the 2018 Toyota Avalon which may or may not be short enough to be considered E-segment (this is as of 2019).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regulation (EEC) No 4064/89 - Merger Procedure" (PDF). www.europa.eu.
  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. ^ a b "European sales 2017 Premium Large segment". www.carsalesbase.com. 18 February 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  5. ^ https://www.aerzteblatt.de/archiv/101649/Newcomer-in-der-oberen-Mittelklasse-Toyota-Camry
  6. ^ "European sales 2018 Premium Large segment". carsalesbase.com. 2019-02-22. Retrieved 2019-05-04.