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  • Revenue in the Small Cars market segment is projected to reach US$48,318m in 2020.
  • From an international perspective it is shown that most revenue will be generated in China (US$14,916m in 2020).
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The Small Cars Market segment includes economy passenger cars of an average footprint around 3.7m2 (40 ft2), an average mass around 1200kg (2680lbs) and a passenger/cargo volume between 2.4 m3 and 2.8 m3 (85 ft3 and 99 ft3).

  • European Car Segment: B (Small Cars)
  • US Car Segment: Subcompact Cars
  • Chinese Car Segment: Category A
  • Also known as: Light Cars, Superminis

Background:
The Smalls Cars Market developed significantly in the late 1960’s and the early 1970’s as manufacturers responded to economic growth by offering a larger car alternative to a mini car. Although models of this kind existed from mid twentieth century on, small cars became especially popular around the turn of the century due to their fuel efficiency and a strong trend in retro-branding.

Example Models: Citroën C3, Fiat Grande Punto, Fiat Punto Evo, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i30, Kia Soul, Kia Venga, Lancia Musa, Lancia Ypsilon, Mazda 2, Nissan Note, Opel Corsa, Peugeot 207, Renault Clio, Seat Ibiza, Škoda Fabia, Suziki Swift, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Polo.

in-scope
  • Economy passenger cars - Small Cars
out-of-scope
  • Small SUVs
  • Sports models
Small Cars Report 2020

Small Cars Report 2020

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Vehicle Sales by make (2020)
-17.1% yoy
2,956.9t
Revenue by make (2020)
-16.3% yoy
US$48,318m

Vehicle Sales by make

in the Small Cars market in thousand vehicles

Reading Support Small Cars unit sales are expected to reach 2,273.6t in 2023.

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Vehicle Sales:

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Fuel or Drive-Type Share

in the Small Cars market in percent

Reading Support Petrol cars accounted for 80.39% of sales in 2018.

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Analyst Opinion

In the past, volume sales of the Small Cars segment was steered by the need for fuel efficient vehicles which are easy to park in urban areas and are more elegant than mini cars. Now, and in the future, the aforementioned in addition to consumer tastes, changing values as well as the rise of electric cars promises to boost volume sales. 

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Revenue by make

in the Small Cars market in million US$

Reading Support Revenue in the Small Cars market segment is expected to reach US$48,318m in 2020.

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Average Price

in the Small Cars market in US$

Reading Support The volume weighted average price of Small Cars in 2020 is expected to amount to US$16,341.

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Price per Unit:

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Global Comparison - Revenue

in the Small Cars market in million US$

Reading Support With a projected market volume of US$14,916m in 2020, most revenue will be generated in China.

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1. China
2. France
3. Japan
4. United Kingdom
5. Germany
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Key Market Indicators

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Population in m
Number of individuals (all ages) living in the selected region, the data is based on the United Nations' medium variant of World Population Prospects as well as similar projections by national statistical offices | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
0-14 years in m
Number of individuals (age 0-14) living in the selected region, the data is based on the United Nations' medium variant of World Population Prospects as well as similar projections by national statistical offices | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
15-24 years in m
Number of individuals (age 15-24) living in the selected region, the data is based on the United Nations' medium variant of World Population Prospects as well as similar projections by national statistical offices | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
25-34 years in m
Number of individuals (age 25-34) living in the selected region, the data is based on the United Nations' medium variant of World Population Prospects as well as similar projections by national statistical offices | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
35-44 years in m
Number of individuals (age 35-44) living in the selected region, the data is based on the United Nations' medium variant of World Population Prospects as well as similar projections by national statistical offices | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
45-54 years in m
Number of individuals (age 45-54) living in the selected region, the data is based on the United Nations' medium variant of World Population Prospects as well as similar projections by national statistical offices | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
55+ years in m
Number of individuals (age 55 and older) living in the selected region, the data is based on the United Nations' medium variant of World Population Prospects as well as similar projections by national statistical offices | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
Consumer spending, per capita (current prices)
Average consumer spending per capita of private households in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate) | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Transport
Consumer spending per capita for transport (according to the Classification of Individual Consumption Purposes, COICOP) in the selected region (in current prices, constant exchange rate). This group inlcudes the purchase of vehicles, maintenenace of vehicles as well as transportation services. | Source: Statista, based on IMF, UN, World Bank, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Consumer price index (CPI)
Consumer price index (CPI) for a weighted basket of goods and services. The weights of the components vary by country according to local consumption patterns. The base year (100) has been set to 2017 for all countries, the base year of the input data may vary. | Source: Statista, based on IMF WEOD
Price level (U.S.=100)
Estimated price level index for all goods and services for individual private consumption (U.S.=100). Data has been extrapolated from the last iteration of the World Bank's International Comparison Program (ICP) using inflation data (GDP deflator). The indicator is valued at the current exchange rate of the respective year versus the US$. Numbers above 100 signal that prices are on average higher in this region than in the U.S., numbers below would mean prices in this region are on average lower than in the U.S. | Source: Statista, based on World Bank, IMF, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Transport
Estimated price level index for transport (U.S.=100). This group inlcudes the purchase of vehicles, maintenenace of vehicles as well as transportation services. Data has been extrapolated from the last iteration of the World Bank's International Comparison Program (ICP) using inflation and exchange rate data . The indicator is valued at the current exchange rate of the respective year versus the US$. | Source: Statista, based on World Bank, IMF, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Recreation, culture
Estimated price level index for recreation and culture (U.S.=100). Data has been extrapolated from the last iteration of the World Bank's International Comparison Program (ICP) using inflation and exchange rate data . The indicator is valued at the current exchange rate of the respective year versus the US$. | Source: Statista, based on World Bank, IMF, Eurostat and national statistical offices
Mobility
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Passenger km (road) in pkm
Total movement of passengers on roads using inland transport on a given network. Data are expressed in passenger-kilometres per-capita, which represents the transport of each one passenger on a distance of one kilometre. | Source: Statista, based on OECD
Passenger km (rail) in pkm
Total movement of passengers by rail using inland transport on a given network, data are expressed in passenger-kilometres per capita, which represents the transport of each one passenger on a distance of one kilometre | Source: Statista, based on OECD
Air passengers in m
Number of passengers carried by air transport in the selected region | Source: Statista, based on ICAO, World Bank
International trade
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Trade (% of GDP) in %
Sum of exports and imports of goods and services in relation to total gross domestic product (GDP) | Source: Statista, based on World Bank, OECD
Households in m
The indicator shows the total number of private households in the selected region. Households denote residential communties of people living and keeping house together. Business facilities as well as institutional housholds (like unversity dormitories or retire homes) are not counted as households. | Source: Statista, based on national and international statistical offices
Urban population share in %
Estimated share of the total population in the selected region living in urban areas | Source: Statista, based on UN DESA and national statistical offices
GDP, per capita (current prices)
Gross domestic product (in current prices, constant exchange rate) of the selected region per capita | Source: Statista, based on IMF, World Bank, European Commission, OECD, ADB
Source: Statista, November 2020
Source: Statista, November 2020, based on IMF, World Bank, UN and Eurostat

Methodology

We collect over 32 million data points from various sources, including but not limited to company reports and websites, vehicle registries, car dealers, and environment agencies. The data is modelled and forecasted using machine learning techniques in combination with the experience and knowledge of a team of international analysts, in order to produce the best market estimates and predictions. 

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