The first series production electrified Skoda vehicle rolled off the assembly line at the company’s plant in Kvasiny yesterday.
It is the Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid. Its manufacture will take place only at this facility and nowhere else, so far. All Superb versions are made here.
The launch of a plug-in hybrid Skoda into production is a significant event for the Czech brand and the result of a great team work.
Skoda Auto invested about 12 million euros to prepare the Kvasiny plant in Czech for specific manufacturing of the first electrified production model. It will be built on the same assembly line as the internal-combustion-engine Superbs.
Skoda’s engineers had to adapt some equipment in the body shop for acceptance of two drive variants. They also rearranged workplaces and a quality control hall.
Besides, Skoda installed an additional container for chassis frames and a manipulator for batteries, as well as hired new staff and opened a new training center in Kvasiny.
The Skoda Superb iV has a 1.4 TSI gasoline engine and an electric motor with total power output of 160 kW (218 hp). The electric-only range is up to 35 miles (56 km) and 578 miles (930 km) in combination with the gasoline engine (WLTP cycle).
The Superb iV along with the iV e-mobility sub-brand made their world debuts in Bratislava (Slovakia) in May 2019. The market launch is set for early 2020.
Find below an interesting video with the only Skoda Superb in the USA. Unfortunately, the brand has not reached America yet.