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Supermini car

Not to be confused with Mini.
This article is about the automobile class. For the minicomputer category, see Superminicomputer.


Ford Fiesta, European market leader in 2011[1]

Supermini (also called B-segment across Europe)[2] is a class of automobile larger than a city car but smaller than a small family car.[3]

Superminis are usually available in hatchback body styles.

Origins of the term

The term supermini developed in the UK in the 1970s as car manufacturers sought a new design to surpass the influential Mini and journalists attempted to describe such a vehicle.[4][5]

While manufacturers produced new designs, the term was adopted as an informal categorisation.[6]

In October 1984, the Consumers' Association used the term in its annual Car Buying Guide. It gave an explanation at the start of a section entitled Small Hatchbacks. It said small hatchbacks were known popularly as superminis and while similar to the Mini they were more spacious inside and more versatile. This definition made clear that a "supermini" was something larger than a Mini yet smaller than a typical car of the time. In its 1984 report, it included such cars as the Austin Metro, Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta. Smaller or more basic cars were grouped under a Bargain Basement heading and included the Mini, Citroën 2CV, Fiat 126 and Volkswagen Beetle.[3]

By the mid-80s, the term had become established as a formal car classification term,[7][8] Eventually being adopted as the B-segment in European Commission classification.[9]

Superminis in Europe

In 2011, 25% of European sales were B-segment cars, with the biggest global manufacturers taking up less than 50% of sales; the rest of the sales were from the following manufacturers: VW with the Polo, Škoda Fabia, Seat Ibiza and Audi A1; the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group with Peugeot 207, Citroen C3 and Citroen DS3; and the Renault/Nissan, with Renault Clio, Nissan Micra, Dacia Sandero and Nissan Leaf.

Model 2011 sales
Ford Fiesta 372.977
Volkswagen Polo 371.454
Peugeot 206/Peugeot 207 329.706
Opel Corsa 327.717
Renault Clio 304.106
Fiat Punto 220.343
Citroen C3 181.868
Škoda Fabia 165.269
Seat Ibiza 162.631
Toyota Yaris 141.327
Audi A1 97.903
Hyundai i20 80.853
Others 740.335
Model 4m sales 2012
Ford Fiesta 121.441
Volkswagen Polo 114.848
Opel Corsa 97.136
Renault Clio 89.177
Peugeot 207 71.317
Toyota Yaris 62.421
Citroen C3 59.177
Škoda Fabia 55.952
Fiat Punto 54.392
Seat Ibiza 48.106
Audi A1 32.701
Hyundai i20 28.420
Others 294.605

Other brands include:

Examples of superminis sold in Asia

See also


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