World Best Selling City Cars 2017


World Best Selling City Cars 2017 with a new leader, the Japanese key-car Daihatsu Move ahead of the Indian Maruti Alto and the italian Fiat 500. However this last model is the only real global city car, sold in over 130 countries.

Global Sales

The “City Car” segment, represented by cars with a length below the 3.5 meters, designed to be used primarily in urban areas, in the 2017 accounted for the 5.7% of the global car passenger’s sales, with 4.5 million vehicles sold, up 2.1% from the previous year.

The top three markets for this segment are Japan, India and Italy.

Japan represents 26.3% of global global segment sales, thanks to the special regulations of very compact vehicles, below 600 cc, named key cars. However, the most of the city cars sold in Japan are not exported in other countries.

India represents 16.4% of total and the segment has lost 2.1% in the 2017. In the country, vehicles duties are favorable for below 4 meters body, in the hope to limit traffic congestion.

Italy is third with 7.1% of total, with the segment grew 4.4% in the 2017. Narrow roads of the hundreds historical centers built-in the middle age era are the natural environment for city cars.

Best Selling Models

Indeed, in the 2017 ranking the best-selling model is a Japanese key car, the Daihatsu Move, with 270.455 units (+280.6%) in the first year of full sales.

In second place the Indian Maruti Alto, the former leader, with 265.236 units (+5.0%).

In third place, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first unit produced, the first real global city cars, the Italian Fiat 500 (produced in Poland and in Mexico, but not in Italy), with 199.000 sales (-0.1%). Manufactured since the 4th of July 1957, the Fiat 500 has just celebrated the 60th anniversary and thanks to its unique style and unrivalled success has been recognized as a “work of modern art” by MoMA and has been added to the museum’s permanent display. The specific model that MoMA is acquiring is the Fiat 500F series, the most popular 500 ever—known as the “Berlina” or Cinquecento—which was made from 1965 to 1972.

In fourth place, an Italian model, produced in Italy, the Fiat Panda, with 193.000 sales (-2.0%), the best-selling car in Italy.

In fifth place the Chevrolet Spark with 190.000 (-21.5%) followed by the Hyundai Grand i10 with 187.000 sales (+10.7%) and the Ford Ka with 168.000 units (+23.4%), a model in the podium of best-selling cars in Latin America.

In eight place the Maruti Wagon R with 166.000 units (-3.7%). This model is sold under he nameplate Suzuki with additional 139.645 sales and potentially would be the market leader.

Volkswagen Up! ranks nine with 156.000 units (-0.9%) followed by the second key-car, the Daihatsu Tanto, former segment leader in Japan, with 141.312 units (-9.4%).

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Data Source

This report is done utilizing data extracted from our GAD (Global Auto Database) the wider Auto Sales Database actually existing in the World, with sales data by region/area/country broken down by type/size/body-style/brand/model from January 2010 to the last month. Data are collected by over 300 sources, including all the official providers (local Minister of Transportations or Associations of car Manufacturers).


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Rank 2017Rank 2016Sales 2017Sales 2016Variation 2017
122Daihatsu Move270.45571.060280,6%
21Maruti Alto265.236252.5985,0%
33Fiat 500199.204199.489-0,1%
44Fiat Panda193.589197.498-2,0%
52Chevrolet Spark190.797243.135-21,5%
66Hyundai Grand i10187.211172.0708,8%
710Ford KA168.386136.46823,4%
85Maruti Wagon R166.815173.286-3,7%
97Volkswagen Up!156.849158.229-0,9%
108Daihatsu Tanto141.312156.000-9,4%