The 500,000th third generation Skoda Superb, one of Europe's most successful mid-size cars, has rolled off the production line in Kvasiny.
The success 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 most supreme of Skodas and - until 1949 - adorned the brand's luxury limousines.
Skoda has produced half a million third generation Superbs thus far In 2001, 10 years after becoming part of Volkswagen Group, the Czech brand took up the name rich in heritage once again, and re-entered the mid-size car segment with the first generation of the modern-era Skoda Superb.
Back then, it was the brand's third model range, alongside the Octavia and the Fabia, and impressed customers with its modern technology and generous amount of space. Between 2001 and 2008, 136,100 vehicles rolled off the production line.
In 2008, the second generation Skoda Superb made its worldwide debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The new model was impressive, boasting even more space, an elegant appearance and supreme workmanship. What's more, the Superb was now available with all-wheel drive for the first time. In 2009, the practical Skoda Superb Combi followed.
And in 2015, the Czech carmaker set new benchmarks when launching the current Superb. In just four years, half a million third generation models have been created. 358,200 of these were made in Kvasiny alone. Another four production sites have been added since the car was launched: Aurangabad (India), Nanjing (China), Ust-Kamenogorsk (Kazakhstan) and Solomonovo (Ukraine).
Today, the Superb ranks among the best and most successful mid-size cars across Europe and has contributed considerably to Skoda's continued growth trajectory.