Last year at the Geneva Motor Show, Skoda announced that it would offer a GreenLine version of its Superb sedan and that fuel-saving model is finally ready to show up in dealerships in the U.K. Like the Passat BlueMotion on which the Superb is based, buyers will be greeted by a 1.9-liter turbodiesel engine that generates 105 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, and scores 46 U.S. mpg (5.1 l / 100 km) in the EU combined cycle.
Also included in the package are low rolling resistance tires, numerically higher gearing, lowered ride height and improved aerodynamics. Perhaps most importantly to U.K. buyers is its carbon emissions of 136 g/km, which places the Superb GreenLine in VED band C and garners an annual road fund license of £120 a year. Thanks for the tip, Zoe!
Gallery: 2008 Skoda Superb GreenLine
*Škoda has announced the launch of its new Superb GreenLine. Available in January, the Superb GreenLine is powered by a 1.9-litre TDI PD DPF which produces 105 bhp and is capable of 55.4mpg on the combined cycle and produces only 136g/km of CO2. This means the Superb GreenLine sits in VED band C and attracts an annual road fund licence of just £120 a year.
*The GreenLine uses clever aerodynamics and is lowered by 15mm to alter the airflow around the front end and improve fuel economy. Weight also plays a key part - the GreenLine is supplied with a tyre repair kit in place of a heavy spare wheel and use low rolling resistance tyres. Transmission ratios have been lengthened to improve fuel economy.
*With more rear leg room and boot space than a Mercedes E-Class the new Superb is the perfect car for family or business.
Robert Hazlewood, Škoda UK Director
Clever design sits at the heart of the Škoda range. Everything about the new Superb from its great interior and boot space to the engineering that underpins the new GreenLine marks a big step forward for us. It features the world's first production 'Twindoor' boot that allows owners to use the vehicle as a saloon or hatchback.
The Superb range also offers an ingenious Park Assist system that parallel parks the vehicle for the driver and an innovative Adaptive Front-Light system that adjusts the spread and angle of light according to road speeds.
In keeping with Superb tradition the new model offers outstanding value for money. The range consists of three grades, S, SE, Elegance with even the entry level S offering around 10% additional value over all its key class rivals.
Škoda is the Manufacturer of Happy Drivers:
* New Octavia is the 2008 Auto Express Driver Power survey 'Car of the Year'
* Manufacturer of the Year in the 2008 Top Gear Owner Satisfaction Survey
Škoda is an environmentally-friendly manufacturer:
* Roomster 1.4TDI (135g/km) lowest emitting MPV in UK (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders)
* Average CO2 emissions of 152g/km make Škoda one of today's greenest carmakers (Business Car)