The Czech manufacturer has now been owned for a decade and a half by Volkswagen AG, the world’s (interim) largest automaker – and they quickly learned the secret of success.
The debate on why Skoda has become so successful lately could spread on countless pages, but here’s a great and most of all recent example. The make has just unveiled the Super GreenLine model that is going to be featured in front of the public during the 2015 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show come mid-September. The flagship model has tremendous interior space and now also features a 1.6-liter TDI diesel engine developing 120 PS (88 kW), with an average fuel consumption of 3.7 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of just 95 g/km (fastback version). That means the Superb GreenLine can go without a refill for up to 1,780 km thanks to the 66-liter tank. Mated to a manual six-speed gearbox, the new 1.6 TDI is also equipped with a start/stop system and brake energy recovery, with additional features being the longer gear ratios and SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction).
To achieve the spectacular fuel economy, additional enhancements include body, chassis and underbody aerodynamic fine-tuning, a 15 mm lowered chassis and a spoiler: the drag coefficient goes down to just 0.263 and 0.275 for the estate version. Reduced rolling resistance tires are mounted on 16 inch wheels and the GreenLine version will be available in Active, Ambition and Style trims. We expect further details, prices and availability to become known once the model makes its worldwide debut during the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show.