VW’s Other New, Eco-conscious Brand: Škoda GreenLine Goes on Sale in Europe

Last week we covered news about Volkswagen’s new BlueMotion brand of fuel-efficient vehicles — but that’s not the only “green” news coming out of Wolfsburg these days: VW subsidiary Škoda just released word that its highly anticipated GreenLine sedans are now available for purchase throughout Europe.

Škoda is trying to carve a niche for itself with large sedans that are green and luxurious — starting with the company’s flagship SuperB sedan. Škoda first showed the VW Passat-based sedan at last year’s Geneva Motor Show.  Like the Passat, the Škoda makes use of a 1.9 liter turbo direct-injection clean diesel that delivers 105 hp and over 180 lb-ft of torque at low rpm, making for quick acceleration off the line and serious biofuel capability.

Find out more — and read Škoda’s official press release — after the jump.

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Most significant, the GreenLine SuperB gets a US combined cycle rating of 46 mpg and puts out only 136 g of carbon dioxide emissions per km. Those are GREAT numbers for a 4000 lb. car! Besides the ultra-efficient TDI engine, the SuperB features some of the same kind of aero, tire, and drivetrain enhancements that make BlueMotion such a big deal on the VW-badged products.

Škoda is keeping the “luxe” factor high, as well, with a new Park Assist system designed to take the lead on parallel parking and a “twindoor” trunk that can be opened like a hatch for large items, or a conventional trunk for everyday items and grocery runs.

Official press release below.

ŠKODA PRESS RELEASE

Core Facts

*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.

Quotes

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.

Boilerplate Statements

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)

Image Credits: Škoda Auto.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.