Mladá Boleslav / Bratislava, 23 May 2019: On the day of the quarter-finals, the Czech car manufacturer is presenting its first electrified production models and its updated flagship model, the SUPERB, to the public for the first time in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. The SUPERB iV and the CITIGOe iV mark ŠKODA’s entry into the era of E Mobility. As the main sponsor of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship for many years, ŠKODA is using the sporting event in Bratislava as the setting for a vehicle presentation for the first time.
ŠKODA CEO, Bernhard Maier, said, “Today, ŠKODA is entering the era of E Mobility – a very special moment for the company, which will celebrate its 125th anniversary next year. Two models are kicking things off: our first all electric model, the CITIGOe iV, as the brand’s first step into the E Mobility era and the SUPERB iV as the brand’s first plug in hybrid model. In addition, we are presenting the new edition of our flagship model, the SUPERB, with a refined design and new technologies.”
ŠKODA is combining a sports sponsorship activity and a vehicle presentation for the first time. The company is thereby emphasising its long standing connection with the Ice Hockey World Championship.
ŠKODA AUTO’s support of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship is now the longest main sponsorship in the history of sports world championships – and at 27 tournaments constitutes a world record. As a dynamic, fascinating and down to earth sport, ice hockey is a perfect match for the Czech car manufacturer and, in addition to cycling, forms a central pillar of ŠKODA’s sponsorship strategy. At the world championships in Prague and Bratislava in 1992, the company was already the vehicle partner; since 1993, ŠKODA has been the official main sponsor and vehicle partner of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The brand is coming full circle at this year’s world championship in the Slovakian capital. Bratislava is the perfect place for the first vehicle world premiere on the world championship stage and for the premiere of the new ŠKODA CITIGOe iV. Production of the all electric city car will begin there this year.
Christian Strube, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, said, “Entering the era of E Mobility is an important step into the future for ŠKODA. The SUPERB iV plug in hybrid and the CITIGOe iV are just the beginning. The first all electric ŠKODA based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform will follow as early as 2020.”
ŠKODA SUPERB iV with a total power output of 160 kW (218 PS)
Just like all of the SUPERB models, the ŠKODA SUPERB iV will be produced at the Kvasiny plant. The SUPERB iV is the first ŠKODA model to feature plug-in hybrid drive. The SUPERB iV is powered by a 1.4 TSI petrol engine delivering 115 kW (156 PS) and an 85 kW electric motor. The maximum power output is 160 kW (218 PS), allowing for particularly sustainable mobility without compromising on dynamism. The ŠKODA SUPERB iV fulfils the Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard; the car’s CO2 emissions are below 40 g/km. The 13 kWh battery enables an all electric, zero emission range of up to 55 km in the WLTP cycle and can be charged using a standard household plug socket, a wall box, or while driving using the petrol engine as well as brake energy recovery. When used in combination with the petrol engine, the range is 850 km. Furthermore, the SUPERB iV is equipped with the latest generation of infotainment system.
The SUPERB family: even more exquisite design and plenty of space for everyday life
ŠKODA has upgraded the SUPERB with the model update and it wows most notably with its new technologies and an even more sophisticated interior. Full LED Matrix headlights are available for the first time in a ŠKODA production model. Several new assistance systems are also making their debut, such as Predictive Cruise Control. The SUPERB now also uses Side Assist, which works at a distance of up to 70 m. In addition to the plug-in hybrid, there are three diesel and three petrol engines to choose from with power outputs ranging from 88 kW (120 PS) to 200 kW (272 PS).
The dynamic and elegant design has been systematically refined once again with a remodelled radiator grille and a chrome trim between the LED tail lights. Thanks to a new front bumper, the SUPERB has grown in length by 8 mm to 4,869 mm, and the COMBI by 6 mm to 4,862 mm. The wheelbase, width and height remain the same. In the interior, chrome highlights, new seat covers and coloured contrasting stitching provide fresh accents. With an extremely generous amount of interior space and a boot capacity of 625 l in the ŠKODA SUPERB, or 660 l in the ŠKODA SUPERB COMBI, the model continues to set benchmarks in its segment.
CITIGOe iV marks ŠKODA’s entry into the all-electric era
The ŠKODA CITIGOe iV is the Czech manufacturer’s first all-electric vehicle. At 3,597 mm long, the zero emission city speedster is perfect for urban areas. Its electric motor delivers 61 kW and the lithium ion battery allows for a range of up to 265 km in the WLTP cycle. If the power runs out, the battery can be charged to 80 per cent in 1 hour at a 40 kW DC fast charger using a CCS (Combined Charging System) charging cable.
*All information is provisional and subject to change.