The latest popular car segments in Vietnam in 2023

The auto industry is growing, not only in quantity but also in diversity. There are cars with so many body styles, that we believe it will be difficult for you to know which car brand and style to choose, you will be completely lost in so many choices. Hopefully the article below will help you feel less confused when choosing!

What is car segment?

There are many different ways to classify and classify cars. Countries with a strongly developed automobile industry such as the US, Japan, and European countries all have their own classification methods. One of those ways is based on the vehicle segment classification table.

Car segment is a collective term for car models with similar design, price, and equipment characteristics. Based on this factor, car business managers classify the car market into many different segments. This is a term that anyone who wants to learn about cars should know, in order to evaluate and feel the car according to its own classification standards, for the purpose of choosing to buy a car.

However, this is a rather difficult field, because of terms such as small, medium, large, light, economy or A, B, C, D, E, F, S, M, J vehicles. , S,… Want to understand all the concepts of classification and segmentation of car lines is not simple.

Car segments in 2023

To help you better understand car class segments, we have compiled and analyzed in detail a few popular car class segments in Vietnam.

Mini Class Vehicles (Mini Class Vehicles) segment

Unlike the usual product classification with class A being the highest, segment A is also known as mini cars, small family cars or city cars. Characteristics of Class A cars are diverse colors, small size, low chassis, engine capacity from 1.0 to 1.5L and number of seats from 4 to 5 seats. Therefore, their ability to adapt to difficult conditions is often very low, not suitable for long trips, and are often used for running in the city. Usually the main customers in Vietnam for this car model are first-time car buyers, especially women.

In general, the car meets daily travel needs, is often used for families, or as a taxi service vehicle. The car price is also very “soft”, only from 300 – 500 million VND. Typical A-class sedans include: Kia Morning, Fiat500, Toyota Wigo, Honda Jazz, Vinfast Fadil, Chevrolet Spark,…

Small Class Vehicles (Small Class Vehicles) segment

Dedicated to city trips mixed with a little long-distance travel are B-segment cars. Slightly larger compact hatchbacks belong to the A-segment.

Cars in this segment have 4 or 5 doors and are designed with 4 seats and registered to carry 5 people. The B segment maintains its advantage on the street but significantly improves speed on the highway. Engines from 1.4 to 1.6 should reach higher speeds. Class B cars have prices ranges from 500 – 700 million VND.

Women are also familiar customers in this segment. They have already owned a car, or bought it for the first time. These B-segment cars are divided into 2 small segments:

Class B sedan: Hyundai Accent, Nissan Sunny, Mitsubishi Attrage,…

Class B Hatchback: Toyota Yaris, Suzuki Swift, Mazda 2 Sport,..

Sub-Medium Class Vehicles (Sub-Medium Class Vehicles) segment

With a length of about 4,250 mm for Hatchback models and 4,500 mm for Sedan, C-segment cars can accommodate 5 adults and are usually equipped with engines from 1.4 to 2.2, sometimes up to 2.5. This is the best-selling car in the world because it is affordable and suits the needs of most customers who drive both urban, suburban and highway driving. Car price ranges from 700 – 900 million VND.

In the list of best-selling cars in the world is Toyota Corolla, belonging to segment C, with a list of 35 million units, as of 2007. In its 40 years of existence, every 40 seconds a Corolla is sold.

Toyota Corolla – best-selling car model in class C segment

This is also the most vibrant car segment not only in the world market but in Vietnam, luxury cars are also one of the most popular segments and are divided into small segments:

  • C-segment sedan: Toyota Altis, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda 3 sedan, Kia Cerato, Ford Focus,..
  • C-segment hatchback: Kia Cerato hatchback (Kia Ceed), Mazda 3 hatchback,..
  • C-segment SUV: Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, Chevrolet Captiva, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Suzuki Grand Vitara.

Top-Middle Class Vehicles segment

The two factors that differentiate cars between D-segment and C-segment are their feature list and length. Class D vehicle size depends on the region: in Europe it is rarely longer than 4,700 mm, while in North America, the Middle East and Australia it is often longer than 4,800 mm. In addition, the D-class car segment will have a more powerful engine than the C-class (possibly a 6-cylinder engine in the most advanced version). Car prices from 790 million VND to over 1 billion VND.

Class D cars are also divided into 2 different segments:

D-segment sedan: Toyota Camry, Mazda6, Kia Optima, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Teana…

D-segment SUV: Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Isuzu mu-X, Ford Everest, Nissan Terra, Chevrolet Trailblazer,..

Upper Class Vehicles (Upper Class Vehicles) segment

If you are looking for luxury, perhaps this is the segment you should look for. The E-class car segment is a collection of small luxury cars, with amazing amenities. Meet the user’s entertainment needs right in the car. The car’s design is luxurious but its size is quite compact, helping it move flexibly on the street. The entire exterior exudes the classy and sophisticated beauty of a luxury car. Class E car prices fluctuate from 1.4 billion VND to 2 billion VND.

This segment uses 2.0L turbocharged engines and products from luxury car brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Lexus, Infiniti, Genesis, Jaguar, Porsche…

F-class vehicle segment (Luxury Class Vehicles)

F-segment vehicles, also known as premium luxury sedan segment vehicles, stand out for their technology and comfort features, as well as their performance data and physical features. The vehicle’s characteristics are that it is larger in size than an E-class car, and is equipped with a 6, 8 or 12-cylinder engine with turbocharger, providing perfect performance.

The “top” in this segment will be the “super luxury products” from the British luxury car manufacturer: Rolls-Royce. This is a limited quantity product and is “personalized” at the request of billionaires around the world at extremely expensive prices. According to automotive sources, the assembly steps will be done manually, instead of on a mass production line.

Roll-Royce stands out with its beautiful, luxurious design

All the latest technology, best equipment and best service quality are prioritized by Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Lexus for this segment and divided into 3 sub-segments:

  • Mid-size luxury: Spacious, powerful, luxuriously designed and equipped like Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, etc.
  • High-end luxury: Usually equipped with 8 or 12 cylinder engines and brings together the best technological features and amenities of the car company, represented by Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, Lexus LS, etc. .
  • Super luxury car: The production quantity is small, the price is very expensive and personalized for each customer, the steps are often done by hand and use rare materials such as Maybach, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, etc.

M-class car segment (Multi Purpose Cars)

M-segment cars can accommodate up to 6-7 people, however there are also cars designed with a capacity of 9 people. This is the ideal vehicle for families, MPVs have spacious interiors, and the third row of seats can be folded for storage space. The vehicle’s chassis is low, the elongated design is softer than an SUV, and the side doors are sliding doors so passengers can easily move up/down. Prices from 500 million VND to 2 billion VND.

The M segment can be divided into the following two groups:

MPV: Toyota Innova, Toyota Avanza, Mitsubishi Xpander, Suzuki Ertiga, Kia Rondo, Mitsubishi Zinger, Kia Carens, Chevrolet Orlando…

Large MPV/ Minivan: Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Ford Tourneo, Toyota Alphard, Peugeot Traveler…

J-class vehicle segment (Crossover Utility Vehicle / Sport Utility Vehicle)

The J-class car segment is high-riding multi-purpose vehicles, CUVs and SUVs with 5 or 7 seats.

In which, CUV is a car with a monocoque body structure, while SUV is a car with a separate body and frame structure. With high ground clearance and clear visibility, this segment is popular with users because of the convenience it brings.

Outstanding cars with high sales in class J are Hyundai SantaFe, KIA Sorento, Toyota Fortuner, Honda CR-V, Honda BR-V,…

Hyundai Santa Fe 2021

S-class car segment (Super Luxury Vehicle)

The sports car segment for speed enthusiasts includes roadsters, convertibles (2-seat convertibles) and supercars. The performance machine of the main segment is the engine block with up to 12 cylinders.

At the price threshold of around 10 billion VND, one can find names such as: Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro or BMW i8 which are outstanding car models in Vietnam, and if you are willing to spend more you will be the owner of: Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Huracan or Bugatti Chiron for tens of billions of dong.

Pickup truck segment

The pickup truck segment is light vehicles with an open cargo compartment. In Vietnam, pickup truck models are being distributed as imported complete units and are all mid-sized. Currently, the large “super pickup trucks” appearing in the Vietnamese market are all privately imported.

Pickup truck Price from 500 – 900 million VND: Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Mazda BT-50, Isuzu D-Max…

Mazda BT-50 2022

Electric car segment

The electric car segment has recently appeared, an inevitable birth when the trend of producing cars without CO2 emissions is becoming more and more popular.

Electric cars use 100% electric motors, charged with electricity to operate instead of a fuel injection fuel system like conventional cars. Typical in Vietnam is the car company Vinfast and the famous electric car company in the world is Tesla.

Hybrid car segment

Hybrid cars are cars that use a gasoline-electric hybrid engine, considered an important stepping stone for the transition from internal combustion engine cars (cars running on gasoline/oil) to electric cars (running on 100% electricity). Future.

Initially, Hybrid cars mainly belonged to luxury brands such as Lexus and Volvo, so they did not reach many people. Nowadays, popular hybrid car models are starting to become more popular, such as KIA Sorento, Toyota Corolla Altis, Toyota Corolla Cross, etc.

KIA Sorento 2023 appears in the Southeast Asian market

Above is information about popular car segments in Vietnam that CarOn has compiled. Hopefully this useful knowledge will help readers have a more objective view of the car segment in Vietnam.

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