Next-generation Kia Soul to arrive next year

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 31, 2012

Kia may offer a new version of the Soul hatchback next year, an executive said during a recent investor’s meeting in Seoul. Reuters reported that this new Soul may have its launch in 2013. A U.S.-based Kia spokesman said that he can’t confirm or deny whether there will be a new Soul coming out. The current model is aging as it had been released four years ago.

A new Soul may use the so-called “tiger” front grille that appeared on new Kia models such as the Rio and Optima. Kia is currently developing a new version of the Forte sedan and a new Rondo carrier. The automaker will also be launching the Quoris flagship sedan.

The 2008 Los Angeles auto show was where the current Kia Soul was unveiled. It started selling in spring 2009. Its box-on-wheels form became inexplicably popular especially at a time when Kia was still establishing its reputation in the U.S. In the first year that it was selling, 31,621 Souls were sold in the U.S. In 2010, its sales increased to 67,100. It increased to 102,267 units last year.

For the first half of 2012, the Soul is the No. 2 highest-selling model in the U.S. So far this year, around 63,635 units have been sold, making the model on course to reach record sales.

Reuters also reported that Kia was aiming for a new target of 450,000 units throughout the globe next year. This figure is probably a mistake since the company had practically eclipsed this sales figure already. Last year, Kia sold 485,492 cars in the U.S. and has sold a total of 1.58 million throughout the world.

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