THE ŠKODA SUPERB: 85 YEARS OF HISTORY



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In 2019, ŠKODA SUPERB celebrates its 85th birthday.

A LEGEND IS BORN (1934-1949)

The founding father of the ŠKODA SUPERB dynasty was launched in 1934 as one of three brand-new models boasting a backbone chassis with a central support tube and swinging half-axles. This progressive design gave us a spacious body that could accommodate seven people with ease. The power generated by the straight-six engines was transmitted to the rear axle via a four-speed manual transmission. During the war, more than 1,600 SUPERBs were adapted for military purposes, including several 4×4 drive prototypes. Following the liberation, production continued with a revamped version of the car at the plant in Kvasiny.

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SUPERB 640 from 1935 (left) and SUPERB 3000 OHV from 1939

FIRST GENERATION: ODE TO ROOMINESS (2001-2008)

In 2001, after a 50-year pause, ŠKODA celebrated the world première of the first modern SUPERB at the IAA international motor show in Frankfurt. This graceful four-door sedan surprised everyone with the amount of space in the rear. ŠKODA’s largest model also achieved recognition with its attention to practical details, such as the umbrella compartment in the rear doors. It took another two years for the Rolls-Royce Phantom to follow suit.

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1st generation ŠKODA SUPERB

A host of technology and equipment from the premium segment was made available for the SUPERB, including bi-xenon headlights, automatic air-conditioning with a rear-seat outlet, and a sunroof with solar cells. The range of engines comprised front-wheel-drive petrol and diesel units. Besides the manual transmissions, an automatic system with torque converter was also available.

In 2006, the first-generation SUPERB was facelifted and a new trim level was introduced – LAURIN & KLEMENT. There were also alterations to the way the front and rear sections looked. The interior was reinterpreted and the 1.9 TDI powertrain was modified to raise its power from 77 kW to 85 kW.

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1st generation ŠKODA SUPERB

SECOND GENERATION: ODE TO REASON (2008-2015)

The second-generation SUPERB of the modern age débuted at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. The new version added numerous smart design details to make using the car easier and more pleasant. The second-generation SUPERB stood out from crowd with its TwinDoor patented tailgate opening system, intelligent all-wheel drive with fourth generation Haldex inter-axle clutch, and adaptive bi-xenon headlights. All this, combined with the even greater kneeroom compared to the first generation and the colossal, easily accessible luggage compartment, made the SUPERB a big deal. And when the estate version of the SUPERB was showcased at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show it was an even bigger deal.

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2nd generation ŠKODA SUPERB

With the second generation’s facelift in 2013 the SUPERB took on more modern lines with a revamped fascia and rear section and a new logo. It also offered a raft of attractive technical, safety and comfort features. Innovations included adaptive bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, Driver Activity Assistant (to detect driver fatigue) and Automatic Parking Assistant version 2.0. The TwinDoor system was also improved, with the “liftback” and “sedan” each now having their own button.

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2nd generation ŠKODA SUPERB

THIRD GENERATION: DAWN OF A NEW ERA (2015-PRESENT)

After seven years’ production, the SUPERB II gave way to a successor. The third generation of ŠKODA’s flagship has improved on the second generation in terms of its width, headroom and luggage compartment size.

The new version also outperforms its predecessor with modern engines and transmissions, and is the safest, most economical, most technically advanced, and most practical SUPERB of all time.

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3rd generation ŠKODA SUPERB

The next generation of our flagship model, the SUPERB, have been revealed in a design sketch.

The sketch shows clean-cut front headlights, fog lights with a distinctive trim as well as the ŠKODA-typical radiator grille. ŠKODA lettering will adorn the rear instead of the brand logo for the first time on a SUPERB.

As the flagship of ŠKODA’s model range, the SUPERB boasts the brand’s latest design, technology and functionality innovations.

The world premiere of the reworked SUPERB family will take place in the Slovakian capital Bratislava in May as part of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

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SKODA Superb design sketch