- The milestone vehicle was manufactured in Kvasiny
- The flagship is one of Europe’s most successful mid-size cars
- The top model is made at five sites: Kvasiny (Czech Republic), Aurangabad (India), Nanjing (China), Ust-Kamenogorsk (Kazakhstan) and Solomonovo (Ukraine)
- The SUPERB’s heritage dates back to the 1930s
Kvasiny, 22 March 2019 – Today, the 500,000th third-generation ŠKODA SUPERB rolled off the production line in Kvasiny. The ŠKODA flagship ushered in a new era for the brand when its production started in March 2015 – with this SUPERB, the Czech carmaker launched the largest model campaign in its history. To date, the brand’s top model does not fail to impress customers all over the world.
Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics, said, “Today, we have half a million reasons to be proud. The production milestone is great evidence of the ŠKODA SUPERB’s continued popularity. With its design and technological qualities as well as unbeatable amount of interior space, we have been substantiating the brand’s aspiration in the mid-size car segment for four years. The SUPERB – which is now produced at five different factories – ranks among the best and most successful mid-size cars, and the brand owes a large proportion of its growth to it.”
The ŠKODA SUPERB’s production figures emphasise the success of the brand’s flagship: After the launch of the first generation in 2001, 136,100 of which were produced, the successor saw significant rise in the numbers of cars made. Between 2008 and 2015, 618,500 ŠKODA SUPERBs of the second generation were produced. In March 2015, the current, third generation was launched, since then, 500,000 ŠKODA SUPERB have been produced. In total, 1.25 million units of ŠKODA’s top model have left the assembly line since 2001. In 2019, the SUPERB will start the second half of its model cycle with a comprehensive upgrade and a new plug-in-hybrid version.
The success story of the SUPERB model range dates back to 1934, when the ŠKODA 640 SUPERB was launched. It was derived from the Latin word ‘superbus’, meaning ‘marvellous’, ‘outstanding’ or ‘magnificent’. The name has always been synonymous with the most supreme of ŠKODAs and – until 1949 – adorned the brand’s luxury limousines.
In 2001, ten years after becoming part of Volkswagen Group, the Czech brand took up the name rich in heritage once again, and re-entered the mid-size car segment with the first generation of the modern-era ŠKODA SUPERB. Back then, it was the brand’s third model range, alongside the OCTAVIA and the FABIA, and impressed customers with its modern technology and generous amount of space. Between 2001 and 2008, 136,100 vehicles rolled off the production line.
In 2008, the second-generation ŠKODA SUPERB made its worldwide debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The new model was impressive, boasting even more space, an elegant appearance and supreme workmanship. What’s more, the SUPERB was now available with all-wheel drive for the first time. In 2009, the practical ŠKODA SUPERB COMBI followed.
And in 2015, the Czech carmaker set new benchmarks when launching the current SUPERB. In just four years, half a million third-generation models have been created. 358,200 of these were made in Kvasiny alone. Another four production sites have been added since the car was launched: Aurangabad (India), Nanjing (China), Ust-Kamenogorsk (Kazakhstan) and Solomonovo (Ukraine). Today, the SUPERB ranks among the best and most successful mid-size cars across Europe and has contributed considerably to ŠKODA’s continued growth trajectory.
A SUPERB NIGHT FOR ŠKODA FLEET
- ŠKODA Superb named Best Upper Medium Car at annual Fleet News Awards
- Judges impressed by its quality, cavernous interior and in-car tech
- P11D value from £22,680
Milton Keynes, 21 March 2019 – ŠKODA’s flagship fleet car, the Superb, has beaten off the competition for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year to retain its title of Best Upper Medium car at the annual Fleet News awards.
In one of the most competitive categories at the awards, the ŠKODA Superb stood out for its excellent value-for-money, technology, comfort and desirability.
“The Superb offers an unbeatable combination of luxury and practicality for fleets.” Commented Henry Williams, Head of Fleet for ŠKODA UK. “We are delighted to have picked up this award for a 4th year in a row. With an upcoming facelift and hybrid model planned for 2019 for Superb, we aim to be top of the list for fleets for many years to come.”
The Superb caters to business drivers who travel many miles and require high levels of style and practicality. ŠKODA has designed an exclusive SE Technology trim for business customers that includes: Amundsen Sat nav with 8” touchscreen display and integrated Wi-Fi, SmartLink+ for smartphone connection, as well as blind spot detect, leather upholstery and heated front seats as standard.
The luxury car offers interior space that is among the most generous in its segment. The estate offers an impressive capacity of 660 litres that extends to 1,950 litres with the rear seats folded down; resulting in ample space for business use and practical essentials.
The ŠKODA Superb offers a range of engines with the SE Technology trim. Drivers have the choice between the 2-litre TDI 150PS in automatic and manual and the newly launched 1.5 TSI petrol engine. Drivers benefit from a P11D value that starts from £22,680 and a BIK rate of 25%.
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