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S-segment

2020 Best-Selling
Audi TT (1998–2023)
Mazda MX-5 (1989–present)
Porsche 911 (1963–present)
Ford Mustang (1964-present)

S-segment cars are a European car segment class for sports coupés. The equivalent Euro NCAP class is called "roadster sport".[1][2]

Characteristics

S-segment cars have a sporting appearance and are usually designed to have superior handling and/or straight-line acceleration compared to other segments. The most common body styles for S-segment cars are coupé and convertible. Rear passenger accommodation is not a priority for S-segment cars, therefore many models are either two-seat cars or have a 2+2 layout with relatively cramped rear seating.

Most recent S-segment cars use the commonplace front-engine design (as either an FF layout, FR layout or F4 layout), however the majority of cars with a Mid-engine design or rear-engine design belong to the S-segment.

Current models

The four highest selling S-segment cars in Europe are the Mazda MX-5, Porsche 911, Ford Mustang and Porsche Boxster/Cayman.

European sales figures

Sports cars[3]
2017
rank
Manufacturer Model 2013 sales 2014 sales 2015 sales 2016 sales 2017 sales % change
(2016–2017)
1 Audi TT 12,331 9,768 22,417 20,922 16,281 Decrease –22.2%
2 Mazda MX-5 6,050 5,786 6,746 13,677 15,769 Increase +15.3%
3 Porsche 911 12,369 12,987 14,386 15,550 15,053 Decrease –3.2%
4 Ford Mustang 635 556 4,889 15,204 13,241 Decrease –12.9%
5 Porsche 718 Boxster 147 3,144 8,438 Increase +168.4%
6 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class 6,716 7,879 Increase +17.3%
7 Fiat 124 Spider 3,717 7,831 Increase +110.7%
8 Jaguar F-Type 2,750 4,641 4,557 4,541 4,538 Decrease –0.1%
9 Mercedes-AMG GT 71 2,508 2,372 2,443 Increase +3.0%
10 Chevrolet Camaro 1,496 932 367 607 1,592 Increase +162.3%
Supercars[3]
2017
rank
Manufacturer Model 2013 sales 2014 sales 2015 sales 2016 sales 2017 sales % change
(2016–2017)
1 Ferrari 488 GTB 247 1,286 1,519 Increase +18.1%
2 Bentley Continental GT 1,657 1,595 1,631 1,705 1,512 Decrease –11.3%
3 Aston Martin DB11 155 1,249 Increase +705.8%
4 Lamborghini Huracán 220 502 529 661 Increase +25.0%
5 Aston Martin Vanquish 379 320 365 247 359 Increase +45.3%
6 Lamborghini Aventador 226 238 250 369 322 Decrease –12.7%
7 Ferrari F12berlinetta 624 418 296 387 261 Decrease –32.6%
8 Rolls-Royce Dawn 258 235 Decrease –8.9%
9 Rolls-Royce Wraith 74 313 242 205 217 Increase +5.9%
10 Honda NSX - - - - 126 New

In 2014, the five highest selling coupé models were the BMW 4 Series, Opel Astra GTC, BMW 2 Series, Renault Mégane Coupé and Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W204).[4] The five highest selling convertible models in 2014 were the Fiat 500C, Mini Hatch, BMW 4 Series (F32), Volkswagen Beetle (A5) and Volkswagen Golf Mk6.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "REGULATION (EEC) No 4064/89 - MERGER PROCEDURE" (PDF). Office for Official Publications of the European Communities L-2985 Luxembourg.
  2. ^ "Latest Safety Ratings". www.euroncap.com. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b "European sales 2017 Exotic and Sports Car segments". www.carsalesbase.com. 20 February 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  4. ^ "European sales 2014 Coupe segment". www.carsalesbase.com. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  5. ^ "European sales 2014 Convertible segment". www.carsalesbase.com. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
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