Michael Oeljeklaus, Skoda 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 Skoda 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.”
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 Skoda Superbs of the second generation were produced. In March 2015, the current, third generation was launched, since then, 500,000 Skoda Superb have been produced. In total, 1.25 million units of Skoda’s top model have left the assembly line since 2001. Skoda says that 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 story of the Superb model range dates back to 1934, when the Skoda 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 top Skodas 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 again, and re-entered the mid-size car segment with the first generation of the modern-era Skoda Superb.
Of the half-million current generation cars produced, 358,200 were made in Kvasiny. Another four production sites have been added since the car was launched: Aurangabad (India), Nanjing (China), Ust-Kamenogorsk (Kazakhstan) and Solomonovo (Ukraine).