The D-segment is the 4th category of the European segments for passenger cars, and is described as "large cars".
It is equivalent to the Euro NCAP "large family car" size class,and the present-day definition of the mid-size car and muscle car category used in North America. Compact executive cars are part of the D-segment size category.
D-segment sales represent approx. 7% of the market in 2010s.
Most D-segment cars are sedans/saloons or wagons/estates but hatchbacks, and coupe were common.
Pricing and specification of D-segment cars can vary greatly, from basic low-cost transport to more luxurious and expensive models.
In 2020 the fifteen highest selling D-segment cars in Europe were the BMW 3 Series, Volkswagen Passat, Tesla Model 3, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4/S4/RS4, Škoda Superb, Volvo S60/V60, Peugeot 508, Audi A5/S5/RS5, Ford Mondeo, Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, BMW 4 Series, Volkswagen Arteon, Toyota Camry and Polestar 2.
100.000 – 200.000 sales(Best-Selling)
50.000 – 100.000 sales
10.000 – 50.000 sales
Less than 10.000 sales
|Brand||Model||2014||2015||2016||2017||2018||2019||2020|| % change|
|Volkswagen||CC||16,064||10,215||6,750||712||424||–||replaced by Arteon|
Jump in segment total sales after 2019. year is because premium cars are included.
From 2014-2018 premium cars are not included in total segment sales.
Premium brands and models are marked italic.
Electric cars are included in D-segment from 2019. year.
2019 - After years of decline, the midsized car segment is actually up 1% in 2019 to 1.05 million sales, maintaining a 6.7% share of the overall car market. However, if it wasn’t for the thunderous arrival of the Tesla Model 3, the class would be down another 8% again this year.
2020 - The midsized car segment is down 25% in 2020 to just under 790,000 sales, as its share of the European car market drops to 6.6%, slightly down from 6.7% last year. And luxury brands have now officially taken over control of this class, improving their share to 62.3% from 60.5% last year and claiming four of the top-5 positions. The top-3 players all gain share, outperforming not only the class but also the overall market.
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
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