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The flagship defies the SUV Boom

Superb – a great Name for Skoda . Not only in this Millennium, since the mid-class model from the Skoda's parent plant in Mlada Boleslav in its development under the Aegis of VW's flagship has developed. Because already in the last century this Name has stood for top-of-range of the Czech brand. The Grand finale of the six-cylinder in – Superb OHV, which was built between 1946 and 1949 as the last model of a post-war series once again-exactly 158 formed at the time changes. Now one of these magnificent pieces is freshly restored at the factory Museum in Mlada Boleslav. It would have been, at that time, the term "Premium" with the Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz to decorate today, he would have been awarded 70 years ago, undoubtedly, this is Skoda.

space to the last millimetre

exploited had The claim to be Premium, the Czechs but also with the new Superb, the sold since 2001, well over a Million Times, never. But on a Business-Class level, you can see her middle-class model, of course. Just like the VW bosses and the Passat is the world's most successful business and family car, with 35 million in 46 years. This duplication is logical, the Skoda is based since the age of 18 years on the Wolfsburg Topseller.

The Superb OHV was built from 1946 to 1949 in 158 copies.

The Superb starts of this claim in the space, which is characterized, in principle, all the cars from Mlada Boleslav. In any case, the Czechs, the Superb have of the possibilities offered by the modular bot cross-platform from the VW group, in the most literal sense down to the last Millimeter maxed out. So the 4.86 metres long, Skoda's flagship surpasses the Passat is not only almost ten inches, it is also wider. And moreover, because the increase in wheelbase with five centimeters also fails considerably, results in the sum of an interior sense of well-being, which actually correspond to the (automotive) Business Class. In addition, the load volume to 660 up to 1950 litres of a middle-class represents a record, the three Premium brands included.

However, with such best values of the success can no longer increase. This is also the case of Skoda. And fight because the Czechs with the Superb figures as well as the German with the Passat with the declining sales have to respond now. In order to keep their flagship on course, there is the revamped Superb starting in September for the first Time in a Scout Version. Significantly higher set and with lateral cladding and underbody protection, the car looks in the style of a crossover of robust and trendy – think Skoda. Like the Octavia, the Superb ships-a Scout, only in the most powerful motorization (Diesel with 190 HP, petrol with 270 HP). All-wheel drive is also a gearbox series, such as the seven-speed dual-clutch, the equipment level is at the highest Level. Well, it has sounds, but also its price. There are the Superb in the early autumn in the basic version 40'700 Swiss francs, the flagship comes in the Crossover Outfit on a minimum of 56'670 francs.

Plug-in-Hybrid will soon be allowed 55 pure electric kilometres

With a Scout Version tries now also in the middle class Mlada Boleslav, a response to the ongoing SUV Boom. And also for the electrification'm a (small) step forward: at the beginning of the next year, the big Skoda also come in a Plug-in Hybrid Version on the market. The basic parameters are the same as in the also recently revamped Passat: 55 km in all-electric range with a system output of 218 HP. The Czechs, the 13-kWh battery pack reduces trunk volume, however, decreased considerably. It drops from 660 to 510 litres.

Peter Hegetschweiler drove the new Superb versions at the invitation of Skoda-importer Amag on 1. July in Austria.

Created: 08.07.2019, 17:46 PM

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