Showing posts in the category of Kia Soul

Current Kia Soul May Gain 200 HP Turbo, All-Wheel Drive for Next-Gen Model


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The Kia Soul looks like it was styled after an SUV (which it was), but in actual fact, it's just like any other city-oriented hatchback – only taller and boxier. These last two qualities put it in a niche of its own, especially in the States. It never got all-wheel drive, not even optionally, nor has it ever been a thriller to drive.

Kia MIXXs and MAXXs its UK Soul Lineup


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It only took Kia a few months after the UK launch of their second-generation Soul to expand their lineup with two new models.

New Electric 2015 Kia Soul from $33,700, Sans $7,500 Tax Rebate


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Kia released pricing for its first battery-powered model in the US, the 2015 Soul EV, which starts at $33,700, not including an available federal tax rebate of $7,500.

In Seoul, Pope Francis Gets a Kia Soul


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The Kia Soul is best known as a hamster mobility device, so it's an unlikely choice for a pope. But hey, Pope Francis also has a Renault 4.

Kia Unnoticeably Updates US Market Soul for 2015 Model Year


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Kia kept the number of updates it’s brought to its Soul to a bare minimum, when it refreshed the model for the 2015. That’s not at all surprising, since it’s only had one year on the market, being an all-new model that debuted in 2013.

Kia Starts Production of All-Electric Soul in Korea


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Looking at the Kia Soul EV from a purely pragmatic perspective provides plenty of persuasive arguments to steer you its way, if you’re in the market for something completely electric, with above-average (claimed) range, unusual styling and excellent interior practicality.

Kia Recalls 7,000 Sportage and Soul Models in the UK


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A potential defect with the seat-belt pre-tensioner on certain model year Soul crossovers and Sportage SUVs has prompted Kia to issue a recall on these vehicles in Britain.

WardsAuto Names its 10 Best New Interiors for 2014 – What do you Think?


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Everybody loves a Top 10 list and WardsAuto delivers two of the more prestigious annual awards of the kind in the industry, one for the best powertrains and the other for the top new interiors (see the magazine's 2012 picks here and the 2013 here) . This week, Ward's released its 10 top interior choices for 2014 from "a pool of 41 new or redesigned vehicles" already available or set to go on sale soon in the USA.

Rumors Spawn Two-Door Kia Soul Crossover Render


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Reports about Kia mulling a two-door (or three if you include the tailgate) version of the Soul with or without a metal top above its head have been going around ever since the Koreans introduced their interpretation of Japan's box-style cars, with the most recent landing on the web just last month.

New Kia Soul Mk2 Launches in the UK Priced from £12,600


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Kia's second generation Soul has landed in Britain, bringing with it promises of greater space, a higher quality cabin and sharper driving dynamics. It's offered with a choice of two 1.6-liter engines, five trim grades and on-the-road prices ranging from £12,600 to £21,550.

Kia Rumored to be Mulling Two-Door Soul


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The (mostly American) public has really taken a liking to Kia’s boxy Soul, a crossover that manages to stand out in a ridiculously crowded sector it even shares with premium cars like the MINI Countryman.

2015 Kia Soul EV Debuts in Chicago with Up to 100 Miles of Real-World Range [w/Videos]


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Kia has finally revealed its first series-production electric vehicle to be sold in the U.S., the Soul EV. Debuting at the Chicago Auto Show, the Kia Soul EV will go on sale in the third quarter of 2014, initially in states which have the largest EV markets and infrastructure: California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

Spied: This is Kia's All-New 2015 Soul EV Undisgused, and That's One Pissed Off Tester…


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Only a couple of months after Kia shared a raft of information surrounding its new battery-powered 2015 Soul, our spies caught up with an undisguised production model during a commercial shoot on a public road…and one very annoyed man inside the car, who we imagine to be working directly for Kia or the agency responsible for the filming.

Kia Releases 2014 Soul Red Zone Limited Edition Inspired by Track'ster Concept


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This is the first of (likely) many special edition models Kia has in store for the 2014 Soul. Called “Red Zone”, it is said to be inspired by the Track’ster Concept and will be built in a limited series of 2,000 units.

Kia Releases Soul EV Specs, Confirms Range of 200+ KM (124 Miles)


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It looks like previous reports about the Kia Soul EV were pretty accurate, as they match the preliminary specs announced by Korean carmaker.

Scheduled to launch during the second half of 2014 in export markets, Kia’s first EV outside Korea will feature an 81.4-kW (109hp) electric motor producing 285 Nm (210 lb-ft) of torque. The motor delivers its power to the front wheels through a single speed constant ratio gear reduction unit.

Kia Feels the Beat with Five Music-Themed Souls at the SEMA Show


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Kia's dancing all the way to Las Vegas and the 2013 SEMA Show with five concept versions of its 2014 Soul compact. The music-themed builds include the DJ Booth Soul, Amped Soul, Music Memorabilia Soul, a Soul inspired by NBC’s show The Voice and a Soul highlighting the brand’s partnership with the Vans Warped Tour.

Kia Turns the Soul into a YouTube Player on Wheels


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To mark its involvement as official sponsor of the inaugural YouTube Music Awards (#YTMA) global event, Kia Motors has transformed a 2014 Soul into a mobile video recording booth and multi-screen YouTube player.

Kia Motors America Confirms EV Variant of New Soul for U.S. Market


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Kia has gained much more respect as an automaker in recent years, making better and better cars, and listening to the demands of its customers more than others and gaining a lot in doing so. However, what the Korean automaker is doing is in no way original or trend-setting, as it’s simply going with the general direction of the industry and trying to make the best of it...

Kia Soul Makes Frankfurt Debut in Redesigned Form


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Kia says that the all-new Soul has a “smooth new look inspired by the Track’ster concept,” but I really don’t see it. To me, it looks like the first Soul, that has been given an extensive makeover to keep up with changing design trends and keep things fresh.

There's No Petting the Hamsters in the Latest Kia Soul Ad with Lady Gaga's Applause


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I don’t really know what caused the Kia Soul to be such a big hit in the US. Was it all down to the hamster marketing, or did the car’s qualities also come into play? It’s a good, if a bit awkwardly styled hatchback masquerading as a crossover with an attractive price tag which has been completely redesigned and reengineered for the new generation, though the familiar shape is still there.