Skoda plant in Kvasiny manufactures 500,000th Superb sedan (Photos)

Skoda Auto’s plant in Kvasiny, Czech Republic achieved a milestone earlier today when 500,000th Superb sedan rolled off the line. Skoda Superb is a large family car and is also the flagship vehicle of the Czech car maker. Skoda had earlier used the name ‘Superb’ back in the 30’s. In 2001, Skoda launched the modern Superb which was manufactured at the same plant in Kvasiny.

The 500,000th Skoda Superb that came off the assembly line today was a white colored Combi Laurin & Klement variant. Mr Winfried Vahland, CEO, Skoda Auto, said, “Half a million ŠKODA Superb produced – that is a number which makes us proud. The ŠKODA Superb is our brand’s flagship. It shows the great capability of the entire ŠKODA team and symbolises like hardly any other model our company’s outstanding performance. Since we introduced the car eleven years ago, total sales of our model palette have almost doubled.”

Today, Skoda Superb is available in 85 countries around the world. Demand for Skoda Superb is increasing every year. In 2009, Skoda Superb was launched in China. Last year, Skoda sold 117,000 Superb sedans globally for the first time ever, 40% of these were sold in China. Same year, Skoda Superb 1.4 TSI DSG set a new record of driving from Shanghai to Beijing without refueling.

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Production jubilee at ŠKODA’s Kvasiny plant: 500,000th Superb rolls off line

??›  ŠKODA’s flagship a success since 2001
›  Saloon and Combi set standards in their class
›  Worldwide Superb sales first topped 100,000 in 2011

500,000th ŠKODA Superb rolled off the line in ŠKODA Kvasiny plant

Mladá Boleslav, June 22nd, 2012 – ŠKODA’s flagship, the ŠKODA Superb, has added another chapter to its success story, topping the mark of 500,000 units produced. The jubilee vehicle, a white Superb Combi Laurin & Klement, rolled off the line today at ŠKODA’s Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic.

“Half a million ŠKODA Superb produced – that is a number which makes us proud,” said ŠKODA CEO Winfried Vahland. “The ŠKODA Superb is our brand’s flagship. It shows the great capability of the entire ŠKODA team and symbolises like hardly any other model our company’s outstanding performance. Since we introduced the car eleven years ago, total sales of our model palette have almost doubled,” said Vahland.

The ŠKODA Superb is sold in 85 countries worldwide. In 2011, the brand delivered about 117,000, topping the mark of 100,000 Superb sold for the first time. ŠKODA’s flagship first went on sale in China in 2009 and has since become one of the most popular models in its segment. In 2011, 40 per cent of all Superbs sold worldwide went to customers in China. China was also the site of a record-breaking journey in a ŠKODA Superb 1.4 TSI DSG: for the first time, an automobile drove from Shanghai to Beijing on less than one tank filling.

In 2001, the ŠKODA Superb saw its sales debut as ŠKODA’s then fourth model line. 136,068 units of the car’s first generation rolled off the line. The second-generation ŠKODA Superb has been a success on international markets as a saloon since 2008 and also as a Combi. To date, 363,932 have been built.

Uncompromising quality, a generous room offering, precise workmanship and an unbeatable price-value ratio make up the ŠKODA Superb’s simple, but effective formula for success. It is the roomiest saloon in its class.

The Combi boasts superlatives of its own. In addition, both versions offer the segment’s largest back-seat space, leaving the competition far behind.

Selected milestones of ŠKODA AUTO production since 1991:

–       May 4th, 2012: 3 million Fabia built
–       January 30th, 2012: 14 million cars built since 1905
–       December 2011: 1.5 million Octavia II built
–       October 2011: Mladá Boleslav plant production reaches 10 million
–       September 2nd, 2011: 4 million MQ 200 transmissions built at Mladá Boleslav
–       April 2009: 12 million cars built since 1905
–       July 2006: 10 million cars built since 1905
–       1991: 5 million cars built since 1905