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The B-segment is the second smallest of the European segments for passenger cars, which is described as "small cars".[1][2] It is equivalent to the subcompact category in the United States and the supermini category in Great Britain[3][4] (however the Euro NCAP vehicle class called Supermini also includes the smaller A-segment cars).[5]


The European segments are not based on size or weight criteria.[1] In practice, B-segment cars have been described as having a length of approximately 4 metres (13 ft).[6][3]

The term B-Segment is also used in India, however the definition of the segment differs from that used in Europe.[7]

Current models

The five highest selling B-segment cars in Europe are the Renault Clio, Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta, Citroën C3 and Toyota Yaris.[8]


See also


  1. ^ a b "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. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)
  3. ^ a b Jacobs, Andrew James (2016). The new domestic automakers in the United States and Canada: history, impacts, and prospects. Lexington Books. p. 33. ISBN 9780739188262. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  4. ^ Maxton, Graeme P.; Wormald, John (2004). Time for a Model Change: Re-engineering the Global Automotive Industry. p. 17. ISBN 9780521837156. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Latest Safety Ratings". www.euroncap.com. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  6. ^ Meadows, Jordan (2017). Vehicle Design: aesthetic principles in transportation design. Routledge. pp. 39–40. ISBN 9781138685604. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Get your car segments right". www.business-standard.com. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  8. ^ "European sales 2017 Subcompact car segment". www.carsalesbase.com. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
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