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03-18-2005, 05:40 PM
can someone explain, what are B-segment,c-segment etc mean?<p>Please <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/nixweiss.gif" BORDER="0">

03-18-2005, 08:45 PM
well, C-segment cars are compacts, like the ford focus, toyota corrola, VW golf/jetta, opel astra, renault megane, honda civic, etc etc...and d-segment is midsize, like the toyota camry, honda accord, VW passat, opel vectra, ford fusion, ford mondeo, etc. those are the only two segments i know, i think B-segment would be subcompacts (toyota echo/VW polo-size), but i'm not completely sure.

03-21-2005, 08:59 AM
generally speaking (and this varies somewhat from country to country) automobile sizes are broken up into four (sometimes 5) sizes according to vehicle size:<p>Segments a-d<p>A-segment cars are small citi-cars.<p>B-segment cars are still small, but no longer city cars (think US compacts like VW Golfs and Honda Civics).<p>C-segment cars are mid-size cars such as BMW-3-series and Honda accords.<p>D-segment cars are large vehicles such as BMW 7 series, VW's Phaeton, etc.<p>Depending on where you go, the categories (and their determination) vary a little bit. The main difference you are liable to find is how the class of the vehicles is determined. Some places use exterior dimensions to measure which segment the car belongs to. Others, like the US, use interior volume according to vehicle type (which can lead to some interesting categorizing).<p>Hope that helps.

03-22-2005, 01:47 PM
thanks, Sv and Santeno, helps alot

03-23-2005, 08:25 AM
Santeno, in Europe the specification is a little different<p>A - city cars<br>B - "subcompacts" (Fiat Punto, Opel Corsa, Toyota Yaris)<br>C - compacts<br>D - midsize (Mondeo, Vectra, Accord, Avensis)<br>E - high class (Pheaton, BMW 7er, MB S-class)

03-23-2005, 09:16 AM
are you sure about that, because if I recall correctly, when VW first introduced the prototypes of the phaeton it named it according to the class it belonged (D-1). I could be wrong, but I've never heard of an E class designation in europe.

03-23-2005, 02:48 PM
I'm with Max Planck on this one. Pretty sure about A, B, C, and D classes, but I've never heard of an E-class (not the Mercedes). C-class is definitely for compacts like the Focus. There was also a time when cars like the Mondeo were known as C/D vehicles, because they were kind of in between, but now they've all grown into proper D cars.

03-24-2005, 04:08 AM
Automotive press uses the term "segment E" for such cars. Maybe in Middle Europe we've got another classification <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/nixweiss.gif" BORDER="0">