10. 04. 2024

Getting hands-on with the new Superb Combi

Introducing journalists, YouTubers and influencers to a new car is an integral part of the launch. The world premiere, when even the trade press get their first look at a car, is followed up by test-drive presentations, when journalists can have a go behind the wheel. Škoda Storyboard can show you what this kind of event looks like.

One of Škoda’s newest products – the Superb Combi – was presented to 350 journalists from 26 countries in March in and around the Portuguese capital Lisbon. Fifty cars were laid on for them. Various engine versions, including the plug-in hybrid version iV, and equipment levels were made available.

Superb Combi Superb Combis ready to drive through the streets of Lisbon

“For Škoda, this is a key part of the launch of a new car. Leading motoring and lifestyle journalists get to experience the new Superb Combi for the first time, test the different powertrains and get a first-hand understanding of the benefits the new car offers. The media reach of their reports is estimated at millions of readers, viewers and listeners,” says Vítězslav Kodym, head of product communication at Škoda.

During the event, journalists and influencers will have access to experts from development, marketing and specialists in the model range. While taking the cars for test drives, the invited guests get the chance to photograph or film their own content, so a key aspect of the planning involves finding test-drive routes with plenty of attractive locations. In the case of the Superb Combi, these locations were Cabo da Roca, a cape on the beautiful Atlantic coastline, and Lisbon itself. The recommended routes cover several types of road, from city streets to country roads and stretches of motorways.

Superb Combis

“It’s important that journalists have the opportunity to test as many variants of the new car as possible. If only because a mild-hybrid engine is featuring under the Superb’s bonnet for the first time, as well as a second-generation plug-in hybrid with a purely electric range of over 100 km,” says Vítězslav Kodym. The different types of road invite you to try out the chassis settings and driving modes, which can be switched quickly and conveniently in the new Superb simply by turning one of the Smart Dials.

Interior of the latest-generation Superb Combi Interior of the latest-generation Superb Combi with Smart Dials

Of course, experienced motoring journalists aren’t only interested in the car’s handling. They inspect and test all the storage compartments, try out Simply Clever solutions – such as the display cleaner located in the armrest – and test the size of the boot and the space on all the seats.

Škoda Superb Combi Outline of the rear lights on the latest-generation Škoda Superb Combi

Another important component of the press presentation for new cars is the experts from the various Škoda departments who are there to answer questions from their specialist fields. As experts who have been directly involved in developing the presented car or its parts, they can clear up any queries the journalists may have. In the case of the Superb, the main topics of discussion were the engines, the chassis, what Smart Dials can do, the HMI upgrade and the new assistance systems.


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