Skoda Superb celebrates its 85th anniversaryOctober 21, 2019
Luxury cars first appeared on the territory of the Mlada plant, Boleslav, owned by the car manufacturer Laurin & Klement, more than 110 years ago.
In 1907, the FF boasted the first built-in eight-cylinder engine built in Central Europe. It was followed by other models with particularly smoothly working Knight six-cylinder valve engines and the prestigious Skoda 860, which had an eight-cylinder engine and was produced from 1929 to 1933. Then a new generation of Skoda 640 took the scepter. This model was equipped with a particularly innovative frame with a central tube and independent suspension and was the first to bear the name that still characterizes the best Skoda models.
The name “SUPERB” comes from the English language, which ultimately comes from the Latin “superbus”, which means “proud” or “magnificent”. Skoda introduced the Superb name on October 22, 1934, to highlight the exceptional character of the new Skoda 640. The first model of this sedan, 5.5 meters long, 1.70 meters wide and 1.66 meters high, was introduced to Skoda CEO Karel Lovenstein in January 1935. His wife, Paul, chose a red color for him. Production of the Skoda Superb began in March 1935.
The top model was equipped with a 2.5-liter six-cylinder engine rated at 55 hp. High demand quickly led to an increase in waiting times for delivery: customers had to wait for closed versions for four weeks and twice as long – Superb convertibles. In addition to standard specifications, a car radio with six electronic lamps and rosewood shelves behind the front seats were available at an additional cost.
Almost every year, the company released new variations with more powerful engines and a wider range of equipment. After creating approximately 600 cars with the SV valve control system in 1938, Skoda introduced the Superb OHV with an in-line six-cylinder engine producing 80 hp. with a working volume of 3.1 liters. Shortly before the cessation of production in 1940, a small Superb 4000 series with V8 engines was launched due to war. In 1946, Skoda resumed production of a revised version with six-cylinder engines, and in 1949 discontinued production for political reasons after more than 1,000 units were built for civilian use. Thousand six hundred and sixty military vehicles were also produced under the designations Š 952 and Š 956.
In 2001, Skoda Superb returned: the first modern generation of the series expanded the range of products of the Czech automaker, including a medium-sized sedan. From the very beginning, Superb has set the benchmark for rear legroom in its segment, impressing customers with its attractive design and excellent value for money.
After creating 136,068 units, Skoda launched production of the second generation in 2008. Its body type combined the advantages of a classic sedan with a hatchback with a wide-open trunk, which increased the already high utility of the Superb. A year later, Skoda launched the Superb COMBI with an impressive boot volume of 633 to 1,865 liters. The ultramodern Superb second generation, among other new products, received a keyless entry and start system, which was the first in Skoda. By 2015, 404,756 units of the sedan and 217,734 modifications had left production lines at the Skoda factory in Kvasiny.
The current SUPERB series has been around the world since 2015. Never before have such high demands been placed on the design of a Skoda car, and there has never been so much innovative technology to develop a new model, and never have Skoda engineers created so much space for drivers, passengers and their luggage. There is a whole “phalanx” of new assistance systems from higher classes of vehicles to increase safety, protect the environment and comfort.
In 2019, the Skoda flagship received a major update: full-LED matrix lights and an expanded range of innovative assistance systems are just some of the many technical innovations that now make Superb one of the safest and most comfortable cars in its class. Fashionable version of SCOUT and turbodiesel 2.0 TDI with 150 hp The new, especially dynamic, economical and low-emission EVO engines are also new. SUPERB iV will complement the series early next year with the first electric model in the series with plug-in hybrid drive.
About 54% of all Superb models ship to customers in Europe. Nevertheless, a series of top-end cars of the Czech automaker is also in demand in China: with 43,700 of 137,500 units delivered in 2018, almost every third Superb is sold in the largest Skoda market. Germany was the second largest market for 19,200 Superb cars. Between 2001 and the end of the first quarter of this year, a total of 1,280,600 units from three modern model generations left Skoda production lines.
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