Kia Soul

Kia Soul

Kia announced today the fourth and last special edition of the 2010 Soul (next to the Ignition Soul , Denim Soul and Shadow Dragon Soul ). Are they serious with these names? The new Ghost Soul is on sale at a price of $19,490 which is the highest of the four special edition models that Kia has introduced. Needless to say, consumers will have to show Kia the money if they want to ride around in the spirited special edition.

The Kia Ghost Soul is based on a Soul+ model and will be distinguished by a body kit, moonroof, fog lights, black 18-inch alloy wheels with machined accents, a sport trim spoiler as well as the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. On the interior, it will get black leather-trimmed seats with seat warmers and metallic and chrome accents. It also comes with the Audio Upgrade Package (center speaker, subwoofer and external amplifier).

We think it’s safe to say we love all four models simply because the Kia Soul had us at toe-tapping, head-bobbing hamsters . They complete us.

Just a little much needed Jerry Maguire humor.

Press release after the jump.

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We are sure we are not the only ones that resort to channel surfing when our favorite TV show becomes the victim of yet another commercial break, but we are also sure that no one was dumb enough to change the channel when the Kia Soul commercial came on the big screen. The commercial opens up in a quiet neighborhood featuring hammers commuting in their ever-revolving hamster wheels. As the run-of-the-mill hamsters truck along aimlessly on their circles of death, a bright red Kia Soul thumping to music by Marz featuring Pack and Mumiez comes rolling along. Inside, the hip, music-loving rodents are bobbing their heads and tapping their paws expressing just how cool they really are. With a quick, cool guy...umm cool hamster nod, the Soul rolls on its way to wherever the young, trendy hamsters are hanging out these days illustrating their “new way to roll”.

It is because of this hilarious commercial that Kia has won the “Automotive Ad of the Year” award from the Nielsen Automotive Advertising Awards event at the 2010 New York Auto Show . This is their fourth year doling at such awards and the winners are chosen by a panel of TV viewers who watch the programs and commercials in a non-controlled, natural environment and then answer survey questions about what they have seen.

"Truly effective advertising starts with a great creative idea," said Nielsen Automotive President Lois Miller. "When you combine that idea with a memorable and unique hook that grabs viewers’ attention, you are going to get the results that we saw from Kia this year."

Hit the jump to see Kia’s so-called competition as well as the press release.

It’s not as high-profile and as powerful as the Mercedes SLS AMG F1 Safety Car, but the Kia Soul has been nonetheless tapped to be new Safety Car that will be used at the U.S. Touring Car Championship (USTCC) circuit this season. Sanctioned by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), the SOUL Safety Car will be making its debut at the season opening race on March 21 at Infineon Speedway in Sonoma, Calif.

The Safety Car is based on a Sport model and adds enhanced aerodynamics, low friction synthetic Mobil 1 engine oil, a custom free flow Borla exhaust, a light weight Optima battery, Whelen Engineering strobe lights, light weight Konig wheels with low resistance tires as well as a short ram intake by Takeda to further enhance efficiency.

Press release after the jump.

The Korean automaker Kia unveiled the third of four planned special edition Soul models at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. The Shadow Dragon Soul is an all new special edition of the plus size people mover and features a deep shadow black finish complete with matte black dragon graphics on the larger panels like the hood and tailgate along with a set of matching 18 inch wheels with machined accents and a body colored rear spoiler while on the inside, the special edition Soul benefits from black leather trimmed seating, making it the first Soul with Leather ever, as well as the usual fare including an iPod connection to allow operators full control of the MP3 device via the standard head unit and steering wheel mounted controls along with the little tings that go a long way like carpeted floor mats and a power moon roof while the outside gets practical touches like fog lights and fender vents with side marker repeaters. The Kia Shadow Dragon Soul is priced at $18,1951 and combines the peppy little four cylinder with a five speed manual gearbox.

Press release after the jump.

Kia announced today the addition of the Ignition Soul special edition on the US market. Prices for the special edition Ignition Soul starts at $17,500 for five-speed manual transmission version.

Kia Ignition Soul

The special edition name (Ignition) is a reference to its unique exterior color treatment: ignition orange. Besides the special exterior color, this edition is distinguished by striking black 18-inch alloy wheels with machined accents, an athletic-looking body kit and rear spoiler found standard on sport trims.

The Ignition Soul comes fully equipped with: Audio Upgrade Package (center speaker, subwoofer, external amplifier and speaker lights that pulse to the beat of the music), an iPod® connection cable for full functionality via the radio head unit and steering wheel controls, carpeted floor mats, moon roof, fender vents with side marker repeaters and fog lights.

Press release after the jump.

The last customized SOUL Kia presented at the SEMA Show is the Gogogear SOUL. The car will be the official peace car at the 2010 US Touring Car Championship (USTCC) season.

Kia Gogogear SOUL

"Building on our involvement in the GRAND-AM KONI Challenge Series and in an effort to introduce the Kia brand to even more racing fans, apparel maker has created a highly modified version of the popular Soul urban passenger vehicle which will serve as the official pace car at several races throughout the 2010 US Touring Car Championship (USTCC) season."

While the first customized SUV presented at SEMA Show was black, the second one features a baby blue exterior by Lux Motorwerks. The Antenna Soul features a matte brown painted roof, grill trim, side vents and custom exhaust and 20-inch wheels paired with Nitto Tires and a lowered suspension.

Kia Antenna SOUL

The Antenna Soul includes a pop-up "shop" of the latest trends in clothing and accessories from Original Penguin, Huff and etnies. Custom seats feature Cone Denim, bespoke stitching and Rufus shirt material, and a G-shock clock is mounted on the dash. Perforated leather and denim adorn the interior along with a RICTA skateboard wheel gear shift knob, leather-wrapped mounting holsters for personal electronics, a custom display case in the glove box for fashionable watches and stylish sunglasses, a refrigerator in the back seat and a skate board in the roof liner. Arrive in style - or even fashionably late - for any occasion in the Antenna Soul with clothing packed neatly in a motorized organizer in the trunk featuring exclusive apparel and accessories.

Press release after the jump.

Kia came at the SEMA Show with a line-up of customized SOUL crossovers. The first of them is Black “Sinister” Soul created by BuBuck Wild Designs. The matte sinister black exterior paint job is combined with Spectral gray accents and black-out custom trim.

Kia Sinister SOUL

The SOUL’s ride has been lowered and placed on 20-inch black rims. Its dark appearance is being accentuated by smoked-out headlamps and tail lamps.

The Sinister SOUL features a 11-speaker 1,300-watt sound system, a pair of 12-inch single voice coil (SVC) subwoofers, driven separately by an 800-watt amplifier.

Press release after the jump.

Hot off the release of the Kia Soul Samba, Kia’s UK Division is moving ahead with plans of releasing another limited edition Soul in November. Called the ‘Tempest’ the special edition Soul is the next-in-line to be released as part of Kia’s Original Collection.

The car, which will be sold for £12,845, comes with a 1.6-liter engine in either gas or diesel variants. Its Titanium Silver finish goes well with the black high-gloss bumper inserts, giving it a sleek and aggressive look. The black 18-inch alloy wheels also compliments the overall burnished effect of the Soul Tempest.

For a vehicle that comes with a pretty affordable price tag, the Tempest’s interior has also been upgraded to the brim. It has a black seat trim with metallic centre fascia that goes well with the overall theme of the car. The Tempest also has a reverse camera system with electrochromatic rear-view mirror and a fully-prepped sound system that has a dash-top speaker, an external amplifier, and a rear sub-woofer.

It goes without saying that a car that comes with a plethora of features and only sells for £12,845 is a downright good deal in every sense of the word.

Source: Autoexpress

Kia has unveiled a new special edition SOUL. Called Denim Soul, the new special edition is priced at $17,301 with a five-speed manual transmission, and $18,250 with an automatic.

Denim Kia Soul

The new Denim Soul features a unique denim exterior color, striking white side-view mirrors with matching white 18-inch alloy wheels, front fender turn signal indicator lights, a wing-type rear spoiler and a bold off-set white racing stripe completing the rally-inspired look. The Denim Soul is based on the Soul+ model and is fully loaded with the Audio Upgrade Package (center speaker, subwoofer, external amplifier and speaker lights that pulse to the beat of the music), an iPod connection cable for full functionality via the radio head unit and steering wheel controls, carpeted floor mats, moonroof and fog lights all included for this special edition.

Press release after the jump.

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