Skoda has manufactured the 500,000th example of the third-generation Superb, with the milestone vehicle rolling down the production line at its Kvasiny facility in the Czech Republic this past week.
Produced at five different factories across the globe – including Kvasiny, Aurangabad (India), Nanjing (China), Ust-Kamenogorsk (Kazakhstan) and Solomonovo (Ukraine) – Skoda says it has made 1.25 million examples of its flagship sedan and wagon since it revived the nameplate in 2001.
The current third-generation model first went into production in March 2015, and has experienced continued success, particularly in Europe.
"Today, we have half a million reasons to be proud," said Michael Oeljeklaus, board member for production and logistics at Skoda.
"The production milestone is great evidence of the Skoda Superb's continued popularity. With its design and technological qualities as well as unbeatable amount of interior space, we have been substantiating the brand’s aspiration in the mid-size car segment for four years."
"The Superb – which is now produced at five different factories – ranks among the best and most successful mid-size cars, and the brand owes a large proportion of its growth to it," he added.
In Australia, the Superb isn't a huge seller, though its volume is growing so far this year. In 2019 it's up 20.7 per cent year-to-date, with 140 units registered to the end of February.
However, 2018 saw a 14.9 per cent decline in sales, though the large car segment the Superb competes in was down a hefty 77.8 per cent for the year.
Later this year Skoda's global division will launch a plug-in hybrid version of the Superb, which will be the company's first electrified production vehicle, coinciding with the model's mid-life facelift. Whether the PHEV will make it to Australia is uncertain at this stage.