It name made its debut in 1934, when the ŠKODA 640 Superb was launched. The car was 5.5m long and fitted with an inline six-cylinder engine (2,492cm3/55HP) and a four-speed gearbox. It was also the first ŠKODA to have hydraulic brakes.
The brand then produced a series of Superb 4000s with eight-cylinder engines. The vehicle was supposed to become ŠKODA’s flagship product, but the Second World War ruined the brand's plans.
In 1946 ŠKODA resumed production of civilian Superb 4000s; the new, modernised models were produced until 1949 and the biggest boasted a four-litre engine.
The first modern ŠKODA Superb had its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in 2001. At that time the Superb was ŠKODA’s third model line, beside the compact Octavia and the small Fabia. It was produced at the Kvasiny plant from the very beginning.
The facelifted version launched in 2006 was the first Superb to offer the top-end trim known as Laurin & Klement. March 2008 saw the launch of the Superb II with its twindoor, a unique tailgate opening system. This model was extensively modernised in the spring of 2013, and is now being superseded by the all-new Superb