Kia Soul

Kia Soul

After Kia unveiled theSOUL Crossover at the Paris Auto Show, people start thinking why not a cabrio version also? Sure, why not? A car that gives you the impression of a child playing is also good to come in a topless version, no?

The Cabrio version was photoshoped by a member of Kia World.

So, what do you think, should Kia stop at the Crossover version and should it also come with new versions?

Source: Kia World

At the Paris Auto Show, Kia will unveil, next to the SOUL crossover , the hybrid version of the car. The Soul Hybrid concept comes complete with a transparent bonnet and floor, so the new hybrid powertrain and battery pack can be viewed by show visitors.

This Soul features a 1.6-litre gasoline engine, mated to a 15 kW, 105 Nm electric motor, Kia´s own CVT (continuously variable transmission), ISG and ‘regenerative braking´ to re-charge its power pack. The prototype is designed to achieve a fuel consumption of 4.9 l/100 km and a CO2 figure of 117 g/km – reducing CO2 emissions by 26.4%.

Kia confirmed today that the 2009 Soul crossover will make its official debut at the Paris Auto Show. The company also revealed that the car will have a choice of both diesel and gasoline engines.

Kia reveals specification on the 2009 Soul

Two 1.6-liter, 16-valve, four cylinder engines will power the car. The gas and diesel powerunits are based closely on the DOHC engines already fitted to the successful, European-built, Kia cee’d . Both engines will produce the same 126 hp. In the U.S. there will also be an option of a 2.0-liter engine making 142 hp.

Press Release after the jump.

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Here’s a new spy shot of the Kia Soul caught testing without any camouflaging. The photo by Brenda Priddy & CO. shows that the little Soul should keep close to the previews when the cars debuts this October at the Paris Motor Show.

A 1.6-liter engine in both gas and diesel forms will power this replacement for the Rio 5. Both power units are based closely on the 16-valve DOHC engines fitted to the acclaimed European-built, Kia cee´d. The car should be available in the U.S. by April of next year.

It looks like Kia is on the right track with the new Soul . This spy video shows an original design that seems to make the most of its compact space. The Soul will have its official debut this October at the Paris Auto Show.

It will be powered by a 1.6-liter engine in gas and diesel forms. Both power units are based closely on the 16-valve DOHC engines fitted to the acclaimed European-built, Kia cee´d.

Sales on the US market will begin in April 2009.

Kia will unveil the2009 SOUL on October 2nd, at the Paris Auto Show, and sales should begin in the U.S. by April 2009. The U.S. market will get a choice of the 1.6 or 2.0-liter gasoline engines, while Europe will also receive a 1.6-liter diesel option.

The front-wheel drive Soul is the replacement for the little-loved Spectra5. The Soul will be available as a five-door hatchback only and will have relatively small dimensions. It has an overall length of 161 inches (riding on a 100 inch wheelbase.)

Kia revealed new informations on the SOUL SUV that will make its world debut this autumn at the Paris Auto Show. SOUL will be manufactured in Korea starting November 2008 and sales will begin in February 2009.

Kia revealed new informations of the SOUL

SOUL will be powered by a choice of two highly efficient 1.6-litre engines, both petrol and diesel. Both powerunits are based closely on the 16-valve DOHC engines fitted to the hugely successful, European-built, Kia cee´d.

Kia has also confirmed that the new Soul model, which will be available exclusively as a five-door hatchback with front-wheel drive, will have an overall length of 4,105 mm, and a 2,550 mm wheelbase. Height will be 1,610 mm and width 1,785mm - excluding door mirrors.

The eagerly awaitedKia Soul will tease concertgoers this summer with a sneak-peek appearance during the 2008 Vans Warped Tour(R). As part of Kia Motors’ exclusive vehicle sponsorship of the tour, a specially-designed lightly camouflaged preproduction Soul will be on display at the Kia Soul Lounge at every Vans Warped Tour stop. This will be the public’s first opportunity to see the Soul up close before the production vehicle makes its world debut later this year at the Paris Motor Show. The Soul will go on sale in the United States spring 2009.

The Kia Soul is not ready to bare all just quite yet. While much of the car will be on display for all to see, its dress leaves much to the imagination. The Soul will feature a "pair of Vans" in the form of partial front and rear masks bearing Vans’ signature checkerboard pattern. Red wheel spokes and side mirrors tease out its fun and naughty side, while darkened windows help Soul maintain its mysterious allure until its Parisian debut. Kia and Vans Warped Tour badges on the front and rear with Vans logos running down each side scream that this vehicle is ready for action.

Kia announced that the SOUL (previewed by the three concepts at the Geneva Motor Show) will make its world debut this autumn at the Paris Auto Show. A first official image was release few days ago, and now here are the latest spy shots.

Kia Soul will compete with the Mini and Fiat 500 and will go on sale with a price of £7,000.

The three concept cars – SOUL Burner, SOUL Diva and SOUL Searcher – were created by Kia´s European design team led by Gregory Guillaume, under the guidance of Kia´s Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer. They were developed from the original SOUL concept car designed jointly by Kia´s California and Korea design studios and unveiled in 2006 at Detroit.

Source: AutoExpress

Kia announced that the new Soul small car will be offered to both the United States and China market. The five-seater will be produced for the Chinese market at a Kia plant in China in December 2009. Sales in USA will begin in early 2009.

The car, code-named AM, is the next step, after the Borrego SUV, in Kia’s strategy to reshape the brand’s exterior design. The Soul concept was shown first in Detroit in January 2006. It was displayed in Geneva in March with a new "tiger nose" grille by Peter Schreyer, Kia’s head of design.

Schreyer has said he wants to give Kias a more distinct look. In his corner is Tom Kearns, who came from Cadillac and did the main design work on the Soul.

The Soul was developed with buyers of the Toyota Scion and Honda Fit in mind. The car is expected to get a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive.


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