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Skoda Superb Combi (2010)

Skoda-SuperbFollowing the successful launch of the five-door Skoda Superb sedan, Skoda premieres the long-awaited Skoda Superb Combi at the 2009 IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt. The Czech carmaker is keen for this medium-class car, delivering exceptional space and comfort, to re-define benchmarks in the segment. The unique design with the typical Skoda “face”, the expressive rear section and the dynamic silhouette help the new Skoda Superb Combi stand out clearly from market competitors. The car commands respect not just because of its practical qualities, but also on account of its style and elegance. The generous wheelbase and the roofline forming a gentle arc ensure that the car has well-balanced proportions which provide the perfect space for passengers and luggage alike.

In a history of automobile production stretching back over more than a hundred years, Skoda Auto has manufactured numerous “combined cars” (hence the name “Combi”) in its hometown of Mladá Boleslav. As early as the mid-1920s, when the company was still producing under the name of its founders, Laurin and Klement, it came up with estate bodies for the L&K 100 and 110 models. These “swap bodies” transformed sedans into commercial vehicles with a loading area, and at the time were regarded as the preserve of traders. The original version of the Skoda Superb back in the 1930s was also available not only as a luxury sedan, but also as a light commercial vehicle. After the Second World War, the Skoda portfolio included estate cars as we know them today. Perhaps the best known examples of these cars, boasting the comfort of a sedan and the loading capacity of a commercial vehicle, were the Skoda Octavia Combi (produced from 1961 to 1971), and the 1202 STW (manufactured until 1973).

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The new Skoda Superb Combi is 4,838 mm long, 1,817 mm wide, and 1,481 mm high. Including the roof rails, delivered as standard and available either anodized or black, the car’s height rises to 1,510 mm. The outstanding loading capacity is bigger than anything seen yet in the segment: the luggage compartment holds 633 litres, expanding to a cavernous 1,865 litres when the rear seats are folded down. The width of the tailgate is large enough to accommodate bulky items. The low loading sill, a mere 600 mm above the ground, makes handling baggage easy.

The wealth of interior equipment and fittings in the five-door estate matches that in the car’s predecessor. And numerous smart details have been added:

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This is the first time it has been possible to equip a Skoda vehicle with the KESSY keyless locking and ignition system. A transmitter in the body of the key communicates with the control unit in the car and unlocks the doors when the handles are touched. The car can also be locked without using a key or remote control central locking by pressing a button on the external handle. The engine can be started and turned off with a button located on the right-hand side of the steering wheel column. To start the engine, the driver first has to press the clutch pedal (in cars with manual transmission) or the brake pedal (if the transmission is automatic).

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