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 saloons or estates but hatchbacks were common. 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

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

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

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

European sales figures

2018
rank
Make Model 2014 sales 2015 sales 2016 sales 2017 sales 2018 sales % change
(2017–2018)
1 Volkswagen Passat 153,677 226,127 206,813 183,288 154,074 Decrease –16
2 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 176,038 176,915 150,995 Decrease –15
3 Audi A4/S4/RS4 162,655 146,006 112,484 Decrease –23
4 BMW 3 Series 144,561 129,053 106,991 Decrease –17
5 Škoda Superb 46,149 50,533 85,879 81,410 74,697 Decrease –8
6 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia 92,694 88,544 73,161 72,347 67,424 Decrease –7
7 BMW 4 Series 67,983 64,710 52,248 Decrease –19
8 Audi A5/S5/RS5 43,686 61,619 49,799 Decrease –19
9 Ford Mondeo 45,405 79,673 70,900 56,173 49,596 Decrease –12
10 Volvo S60/V60 53,268 45,335 46,945 Increase +4
11 Volkswagen Arteon 0 9,798 21,495 Increase +119
12 Mazda Mazda6 31,032 30,519 29,226 23,090 23,090 Decrease –10
13 Renault Talisman 1,824 34,344 32,163 19,784 Decrease –38
14 Toyota Avensis 28,972 33,197 34,998 25,319 17,277 Decrease –32
15 Alfa Romeo Giulia 10,475 24,679 17,075 Decrease –31
16 Kia Optima 3,409 3,263 9,515 16,152 14,404 Decrease –11
17 Peugeot 508 41,797 43,301 37,104 22,842 13,378 Decrease –41
18 Jaguar XE 24,461 18,999 10,877 Decrease –43
19 Hyundai i40 25,016 25,045 20,253 15,251 9,144 Decrease –40
20 Subaru Legacy/Outback 6,415 10,806 8,242 7,016 7,460 Increase +6
21 Lexus IS 6,234 5,649 5,413 Decrease –4
22 Kia Stinger 0 1,143 3,820 Increase +234
23 Citroën DS5 9,130 5,738 2,720 Decrease –53
24 Subaru Levorg 2,437 4,689 2,865 1,748 Decrease –39
25 Infiniti Q50 2,698 1,777 1,471 Decrease –17
26 Lexus RC 1,815 1,390 1,334 Decrease –4
27 Volkswagen CC 6,750 712 424 Decrease –40
28 Infiniti Q60 99 507 368 Decrease –27
29 Citroën C5 18,064 13,480 9,464 4,939 151 Decrease –97
30 Honda Accord 3,499 1,918 49 16 21 Increase +31
31 Chevrolet Malibu 334 6 6 1 4 Increase +300
source: [6][7]

See also

References

  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 Bart Demandt (13 February 2019). "European sales 2018 Midsized car segment". carsalesbase.com. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b Bart Demandt (21 February 2019). "European sales 2018 Premium Midsized segment". carsalesbase.com. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.