Car sales share worldwide by segment Q1 2017

The breakdown of global car sales worldwide in the 1st quarter of 2017 indicates that sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) accounted for the largest proportion of the market with over 30.6 percent of sales attributed to SUVs. C-segment, or medium cars, accounted for the second largest proportion of the market at that time. The car segment with the lowest proportion of the market in the 1st quarter of 2017 was F-segment, or luxury cars.

Vehicle sales worldwide

Consumer tastes are susceptible to change, and thus several kinds of cars have seen a reduction in the number of vehicles sold: vans and D-segment vehicles (large cars) saw the largest reductions in sales, while the SUV segment, one of the most popular vehicle types, has seen large growth in many countries worldwide, including China.

Spotlight: SUV sales worldwide

SUV sales have accounted for the largest proportion of overall car sales worldwide. Globally, the most valuable SUV brand in 2017 was Land Rover. However, there are regional variations in most popular SUVs. In Europe, the leading SUV model based on the number of new registrations in 2018 was the Volkswagen Tiguan, while U.S. customers preferred Toyota's RAV 4, which was the most frequently sold SUV/crossover model in the United States in 2018.

Breakdown of car sales worldwide in 1st quarter of 2017, by key segment

Share of sales
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Release date

May 2017



Survey time period

Q1 2017

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