Efficiency meets innovation as Skoda’s flagship Superb starts production in Bratislava with goals to set new standards in automotive excellence and sustainability.
Skoda Auto has initiated the production of its fourth modern generation Superb, just one month after its global debut near Prague. The flagship model will be manufactured at the Volkswagen brand plant in Bratislava, a decision aligned with the Beta+ project, showcasing collaborative efforts between the Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat.
The relocation of Superb’s production to Bratislava marks a significant milestone for Skoda, with the aim of optimising production capacities. The shift liberates space at the Kvasiny site, enabling the production of additional Octavia units.
Andreas Dick, Skoda Auto Board Member for Production and Logistics, commented: “Launching a new model generation is always a very special moment for the entire team. This is especially true for the new Superb as part of the Beta+ project, which involved the joint development of the Škoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat under Škoda’s leadership. Along with successfully relocating the Superb’s production to Bratislava, this initiative showcases the high degree of skill and expertise at Škoda.
“With the next generation of our successful ICE flagship model, we are also leveraging significant synergies for the Volkswagen Group. My sincere thanks to all the colleagues who have contributed to this project with great commitment.”
Bratislava: hybrid lines, EV battery packs and a sustainable paintshop
Under the Beta+ project, Skoda Auto revamped the Bratislava plant, transforming it into a cutting-edge production facility. Over 500 state-of-the-art robots, control systems and bonding equipment units were installed, allowing seamless integration into the existing production lines for both Volkswagen and Skoda vehicles.
The assembly hall underwent comprehensive upgrades, adapting to accommodate plug-in hybrid models and incorporating extended production areas for electric vehicle battery packs.
The paint shop at the Bratislava plant underwent significant changes with a focus on environmental sustainability. The introduction of new paint booths equipped with advanced air circulation systems and the ability to capture volatile organic compounds demonstrates Skoda’s commitment to eco-friendly manufacturing.
Diverse powertrains and design
The fourth-generation Skoda Superb, commencing production with the Combi estate variant, boasts a diverse range of powertrains. Three petrol engines, two diesel engines, a plug-in hybrid exclusive to the Combi estate, and a mild hybrid version mark a technologically advanced lineup. This new iteration continues Skoda’s legacy since 1934, with over 1.6m units of the ICE flagship model produced to date.
The commencement of production for the fourth-generation Skoda Superb at the Volkswagen brand plant in Bratislava marks a strategic step towards production efficiency and synergies within the Volkswagen Group. With a focus on environmental sustainability, advanced technologies and a diverse range of powertrains, the Superb remains Skoda’s standard-bearer of design and engineering excellence.