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J-segment is a car classification defined by European Commission as the segment of the sport utility cars (including off-road vehicles).[1] It is increasing in volume year by year in Europe; in early 2015, it became the second most popular segment (behind the C-segment and overtaking the B-segment) with 21.6% market share.

These cars come in a huge variety of sizes. As SUVs have developed in body style over the years, crossovers are also starting to emerge, a common combination being a hatchback and SUV. They have also gained popularity over the years with celebrities, encouraging large luxury vehicles with an emphasis on comfort, space and a high-ride position. Off-road vehicles also fit into this segment.

Typical J-segment vehicles include the BMW X5, Land Rover Discovery, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport, Volkswagen Touareg, Volvo XC90.





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