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Kia postpones the introduction of Rio and Soul models with stop/start

Kia has postponed the introduction of the 2012 Kia Rio or Soul with stop/start to the second quarter. When interviewed by WardsAuto, Michael Sprague, vice president-marketing for Kia Motors America, said that this fuel-sipping technology is new and the company just wants to guarantee that consumers get the experience they expect.

Kia engineers had to modify the technology due to comments from media members who have driven the stop/start-equipped Rios and Souls.

Kia’s executives refer to this technology as ISG (Idle, Stop and Go). The reviewers’ complaints include a perceptible shock, frequently observed in many vehicles with stop/start systems. This is when the engine automatically shuts down at idle and then restarts. Sprague said that the sales delay gives Kia the chance to give its dealers more training so that they could explain the technology better to customers.

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2018 Kia Rio GT Line shows up ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Immediately after the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, automakers are now shifting their focus to the next major event, and that is the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that will be taking place in March. One of the first companies that have teased us with what’s soon to come would be Land Rover, with their fancy new Range Rover SV Coupe. Now, it is Kia’s turn as they are ready to reveal the sporty GT Line specification for its Rio supermini.

To give you a refresher, some models that are members of the GT Line family include the Picanto, Sportage, Optima and Sorento, and this new Rio GT Line is simply a visual pack that will give the B-segment hatchback a sportier exterior appearance. Up front, there will be a set of four-point “ice cube” LED fog lights, as it sits on a set of 17 inch alloy wheels that you can only get in this version. Kia has also added a few glossy black accents all over the model, contrasted with a chrome window trim and twin exhaust tips.

As for the interior, there aren’t a lot of things to discuss because the Rio GT will have the same interior as the standard Rio models. In fact, the only interior upgrade it gets is that it is now covered in a black synthetic leather and cloth upholstery with grey stitching, metallic accents, and carbon fiber look for the dashboard. It also gets a new flat bottomed steering wheel that gets a “GT Line” badge.

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2017 China-only Kia K2 provides early glimpse into 2018 Kia Rio sedan

Back at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in September, Kia Motors of South Korea provided us with a preview of the latest version of its B-segment fighter, the new 2017 Kia Rio. Marking the first of the next generation Rio, the model previewed in Paris has been designed and engineered to cater to the demands and wants of a broader group of customers, with global sales set to commence in the first quarter of 2017.

However, what we saw in Paris is the five-door hatchback version of the Kia Rio. The South Korean carmaker has yet to unveil the sedan form of the Kia Rio, which will be due for the 2018 model year. While we are frustrated that we couldn’t see – for now – how the new Kia Rio sedan would look, perhaps the new Kia K2 sedan unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China will tide us over.

But don’t get us wrong. The Kia K2 sedan unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show is intended for the auto market in China. However, the K2 sedan we just saw in China could provide a good preview of the design of the sedan version of the Kia Rio that would be marketed in the United States and Europe. The K2 and the 2017 Rio share several characteristics. For instance, the hood and the headlights of both models are very similar. Moreover, both models feature the general tiger nose grille design of the front end, although that of the Rio hatchback is bigger. Moreover, the rear end of the K2 features the new quarter-flanking taillights found on the Rio hatchback. Overall, the rear end of the K2 looks very similar to that of the 2017 Cadenza, primarily because of the duckbill spoiler and sleeker trunk design. This could mean that the design of these parts could be also be seen on the 2018 Rio sedan.

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Kia unveils 2017 Soul Turbo at 2016 LA Auto Show

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors has chosen the upcoming 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show at the venue for the unveiling of a turbocharged version of its new Kia Soul compact crossover to the North American market. For the 2017 model year, Kia’s Soul range has been made more appealing with the addition of the 2017 Soul Exclaim, a compact crossover with a sporty and dynamic feel. With this, the 2017 Kia is now offered in three versions – base, Plus and Exclaim.

The Soul is one of the reasons why Kia made a sudden surge in the United States, especially in the crossover segment. With a design distinct from fellow compact crossovers, the Kia Soul also managed to attract more customers to Kia by offering a satisfying fuel economy and comfortable ride in a package that is available in a very reasonable price.

Power had been provided for by 1.6- and 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engines, but was not enough to provide a higher level of thrill and excitement. The 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine found in the base Soul delivers only 130 hp of output while the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated powerplant in the Soul Plus offers a higher 161 hp. The Exclaim package for the refreshed 2017 Kia Soul is the answer that the carmaker has found to further the SUV’s appeal to customers in North America.

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Kia Motors believes that in the future, cars will not only be customized to fit our lifestyles but will also be able to drive on their own.

Thus for the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association, Kia put on display four concept models meant to explore diverse and active lifestyle from business travel or even sports entertainment.

According to KIA exec Michael Sprague, Kia has been in the U.S. market for 22 years and has been proud of the fact that the brand has helped people meet the demands of a diverse and active lifestyle. The 2016 SEMA Show, he added, is a way for the brand to showcase what the future can be.

Read the entire article Kia unveils 4 custom autonomous models for 2016 SEMA

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors has unveiled the fourth-generation Kia Rio at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The latest generation of the Rio is calling out to B-segment customers to carefully consider this newly designed great ride that boasts of first-in-class safety technology and new connectivity features as well as high levels of practicality and convenience.

The B-segment is currently the biggest segment in the new car market in Europe, and Kia expects to sell over 100,000 units of the newest iteration of the Rio on its first full year. Such a sales figure will place the Rio alongside the carmaker’s other hit models in the continent like the Sportage and cee’d.

In 2015, the Rio ranked as the brand’s best-selling model in the world selling over 473,000 units or 16 percent of its annual sales. Kia sold 12,115 Rios in the United Kingdom in the same year, which account for around 15 percent of overall sales in the country.

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The 2016 Paris Motor Show has been hosting various automotive surprises for more than a century. Held every October, the Paris Motor Show has become a popular venue for car manufacturers to showcase to their newest concept cars and brand new or updated models. This year’s show is not an exception as some companies have dropped a few hints of what is in store for their most loyal customers. One of them is none other than South Korean automaker, Kia.

This year, Kia will be presenting the 2017 Kia Soul – a quicker and trendier version of its five-door compact crossover. What makes this year’s Soul extra special is the fact that it went all the way to Europe to get its upgrades. Yes, you read that right. The Soul apparently got itself a facelift and some styling upgrades, new technology, and the highlight of them all, a new engine and transmission combination.

Rumours of the Soul’s upgraded turbo power have circulated for a while and this time, it has finally been confirmed. The new Soul will now have a 1.6-liter T-GDI four-cylinder engine courtesy of Cee’d GT and Pro_Cee’d GT, and is capable of giving 201 horsepower on the front wheels via its new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This year’s model is now considered as the most powerful Soul that was ever made by the South Korean automaker. It is expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 122 mph. It also comes with larger brakes for more stopping power and will come in three driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Sport.

Read the entire article 2017 Kia Soul gets 1.6 turbo engine and design upgrades straight from Europe

The MY2016 Kia Soul will be donning a new style and new features – some which are found on the Kia K900 luxury sedan. For the 2016 model year, the new Soul can be availed in three distinct trim levels -- Base, Plus, and Exclaim. Each trim level adds new features for the MY2016 Soul. Coming as standard for all models are alloy wheels. On the other hand, features like 4.3-inch color touchscreen, SiriusXM satellite radio, and integrated Rear Camera Display will come as standard for Base models with the Convenience Package.

The Plus model builds on the Base trim level, adding gloss black bumper “tusks,” fog lights, and integrated Rear Camera Display. Buyers could avail of a new Designer Collection package for the Plus model, thereby adding two visually striking two-toned color combinations: white with a red roof, or red with a black roof. The package also includes 18-inch alloy wheels with black spokes, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob.

Meanwhile, leather-trimmed seats are now installed as standard on Exclaim models. For this trim level, buyers could avail of the Premium Package, which promises to enhance driving experience with convenience features like Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS). The LDWS is a camera-based system that helps monitor the Soul’s position, and when the vehicle swerves too close to the lane markers, the technology will send visual and auditory warnings to the driver.

Read the entire article Restyled 2016 Kia Soul will share features with K900

On October 2, 2014 at the Paris Motor Show, Kia will be unveiling to the global public an enhanced version of the Kia Rio, which now comes loaded with an array of improvements that should help it remain competitive around the world.

Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, noted that the Rio was the brand’s best-selling nameplate around the world in 2013, with total sales pegged at 471,000 units. He added that the new Rio is one of Kia’s top 3 units in Europe with 56,821 units sold. He remarked that Kia considers the improvements made to the new Rio as significant.

Cole quipped that the massive popularity of the nameplate is proof that Kia’s designers and engineers managed to get most things 'right' when creating the fourth generation of the Rio in 2011. He added that for 2014, the Rio is building on the core attributes that made it popular with customers, while adding a number of enhancements to give the B-segment challenger a fresher appearance inside and outside.

Read the entire article 2015 Kia Rio Facelift says hello ahead of 2014 Paris Motor Show

Kia Soul is one of company’s bestsellers and in order to keep its crown it will receive additional powertrain options. According to a Kia product planner who spoke with Automobilemag, the Soul will receive a 1.6-liter turbocharge four-cylinder engine found also on the Forte SX Turbo and the Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

On the mentioned models, the engine delivers 201 hp at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb-ft from 1,750 – 4,500 rpm. What’s more interesting is that Kia is also planning to add an all-wheel-drive version of the Soul as they receive plenty of requests for such a version from dealers.

Currently, the Kia Soul is only available with 1.6- and 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines that deliver 130 hp and 164 hp, respectively.

Read the entire article Kia Soul will receive a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and possibly an AWD system

Kia got itself a holy endorsement after Pope Francis chose to have himself ferried by a Kia Soul during his five-day visit in the carmaker’s home turf, South Korea. According to organizers of the pope’s visit in the country, the head of the Catholic church was scheduled to preside over a beatification ceremony for Korean martyrs on Aug. 16, an event expected to be attended by hundreds of thousands of people.

The pontiff's choice underscores his preference for small cars. His predecessors had chosen to ride more comfortable Popemobiles, like the bulletproof Mercedes-Benz that carried Pope John Paul II. Pope Benedict XVI also rode in a bomb-proof Mercedes-Benz.

He also rode an Audi A8 during his visit to Germany. He received an electric vehicle from Renault in 2012, with chief executive Carlos Ghosn making a personal delivery. Kim Jin Kook, CEO of auto researcher Marketing Insight, told Bloomberg by phone that Pope Francis choosing Kia Soul will help the carmaker by bringing far-reaching exposure through the mass media.

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The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the 2014 Kia Soul with a 5-Star overall safety rating. Thanks to the vehicle’s extensive list of standard safety features as well as use of high-tensile steel, Soul received 5 stars in the frontal and side impact tests and four stars in the roll-over test.

Around 66 percent of the 2014 Kia Soul’s chassis utilizes either Ultra High Strength Steel (35 percent) or High Strength Steel (31 percent). The latest model also provides vehicle protection thanks to its standard safety features and technology like six standard airbags -- dual advanced front and front seat-mounted side air bags, full-length side curtain air bags -- and a four-channel, four-sensor Antilock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD). The ABS with EBD considers vehicle load and weight distribution and then applies the right stopping force to improve control and stability.

Other standard safety equipment for the 2014 Soul includes Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a Traction Control System (TCS). The TCS employs brake and engine torque intervention to improve traction during launch and acceleration even on slippery road surfaces.

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Kia posted an 11-percent gain in vehicle sales in the United States in November 2013, boosted by a 77-percent surge in sales of the 2013 Kia Soul. That boost could be the result of a last-minute one-day incentive program offered by Kia to its dealers. On Dec. 2, the last day of the November sales reporting period, Kia sent a memo to its dealers offering $1,800 in bonus dealer cash for each 2013 Kia Soul sold that day.

According to dealers, the incentive program would be the last one offered on the 2013 Soul, with subsequent sales no longer counted toward monthly stair-step incentive programs. What is more interesting is that the timing of the memo means that dealers had only a few hours to report the cars as sold to qualify for the $1,800 bonuses.

To avail of the program, some dealers told Automotive News that the short window given to them left them no choice but to report the 2013 Kia Souls as sold on Dec. 2, and then try to sell them to actual customers later.

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The 2014 Kia Soul compact SUV made its debut in Europe at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt. The 2014 Soul, which took inspiration from the 2012 Kia Track’ster concept, is expected to go on sale in early 2014 throughout Europe. The 2014 Soul comes with a very fresh, more grown-up look, making it instantly identifiable as a Soul.

The IAA marks the first time for the all-new vehicle with European specs to be on display. It shares several features of the outgoing model, which includes its upright stance, squared shoulders, wraparound greenhouse, high-mounted tail lights and impressive SUV ride height. Its interior is all new, with materials that are of better quality and design that’s more focused on the driver. The 2014 Soul will be available with three different roof colors (black, white and red).

Customers can also choose from any of 11 exterior paint finishes.  Kia’s stand at the Frankfurt show features two new Souls that have been fitted with a new SUV Styling Pack, which includes piano black bumper garnish, side skirts, wheel arches and black painted roof.  Kia’s new lineup of accessory kits for the Soul is meant to give owners the chance to take advantage of the vehicle’s versatility. The most significant technical upgrade for the new 2014 Soul is its use of an all-new platform, based on what the newest Kia cee’d is built on. As a result, it offers better ride and handling than the previous model. Its on-road behaviour is also more mature and refined.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: 2014 Kia Soul Facelift arrives at the Messe [Live Photos]

Kia announced the pricing for the 2014 Soul today and there is good news: the new car starts at $14,700 MSRP, not including destination charges of $795. The all-new 2014 Kia Soul will be available in three trim levels: Base, Plus and Exclaim. As we said, the 2014 Kia Soul starts at $14,700 MSRP in the Base trim level.

Despite it is the entry-level trim, the 2014 Soul Base offers plenty of features such as privacy glass, Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), optional 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls, center console armrest and storage, rear center armrest with cup holders and remote keyless entry. Under the hood, we find a 1.6-liter I-4 DOHC gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine with 130 hp and 118 pound-feet of torque.

Moreover, the Soul Base offers rack-ready roof with integrated mounting points, air conditioning, power door locks, power windows with driver-side one-touch auto-down, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, USB/auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth wireless technology3 and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). The 2014 Kia Soul Plus starts at $18,200 excluding the $795 destination and handling fee, title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. It also adds a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 164 hp Upgrades from the Base trim include: 17-inch alloy wheels, gloss black with chrome bezel front upper grille and outside mirrors with turn signal indicators.

Read the entire article 2014 Kia Soul has a base price of $14,700

Kia’s extremely popular hamsters have transformed! Making their debut five years ago, the hamsters, now donning physical transformations -- will star anew in the South Korean carmaker’s new advertising campaign for the MY2014 Kia Soul. The second generation of the funky urban passenger vehicle has been designed to be more functional and more refined. It now has more space as well as more available premium features.

Not only that, the MY2014 Kia Soul offers better driving dynamics. Topping all that are the vehicle’s fresh looks. But the Soul is not only one that has transformed. Not to be outdone, the clothed hamsters are now slimmer and don back-slicked hairs. Their transformation as well as that of the new Kia Soul will be highlighted in the “Totally Transformed” advertising campaign, which is set to the transformative music of Lady Gaga’s new single “Applause.”

“Totally Transformed” was created by Kia's advertising agency of record, David&Goliath, and can now be viewed at YouTube.com/Kia. It will have its launch broadcast during the MTV Video Music Awards on August 25. The Soul and the hamsters will also have their turn on the silver screen as Kia expands the multi-platform campaign to over 33,000 movie screens across the United States on August 30.

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The European version of the 2014 Kia Soul has just made its debut ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show that will open its doors in September. Shown in European specification for the first time, the 2014 Kia Soul comes with a new design as well as an all-new interior with higher quality materials and more driver-focused design.

Set to go on sale in early 2014, the Kia Soul will be available with three different roof colors - black, white and red – and 11 exterior paint finishes. Still, the biggest change for 2014MY will be the adoption of a new platform, based on that used by the latest Kia cee’d. As a result, the 2014 Kia Soul will deliver improved handling and ride compared with the outgoing model. A new suspension was also installed and the body shell is 29 percent stiffer. Due to comprehensive soundproofing, the interior noise levels were reduced by approximately three decibels.

The new model is also larger as it feature a longer wheelbase and wider track, contributing to greater cabin space and cargo capacity. Leg, head and shoulder room are increased for all passengers, while Kia increased the cargo area by 4 percent to 354 litres (plus additional underfloor storage) with the rear seats upright. Under the hood, we find the 1.3-liter GDi petrol or the CRDi diesel engines, mated to a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission.

Read the entire article 2014 Kia Soul Euro-spec unveiled prior to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA)

The work of Kia’s design team on the second-generation Kia Soul is expected to be under scrutiny at the New York Auto Show. The 2014 Kia Soul will likely be compared with its widely popular older sibling, the first-generation Soul. The Soul, which is the first production vehicle under chief stylist Peter Schreyer, boosted the brand’s styling prestige when the model was launched in 2009.

The Soul, a boxy subcompact having a wide stance, introduced Kia’s "tiger nose" grille, which made its appearance on every new Kia model since.

Kia only expected to sell around 40,000 Souls every year, but managed to sell over 100,000 units in 2011 and 2012. Sales of similarly designed boxy subcompact like the Scion xB and Nissan Cube paled in comparison to the Soul, with figures of under 20,000 units last year.

Read the entire article All eyes on styling of 2014 Kia Soul at New York Auto Show

The all-new 2014 Kia Soul was unveiled today at the New York Auto Show! Inspired by the hot Track’ster Concept unveiled last year at the Chicago Auto Show, the 2014 Soul rides on a new chassis that is stiffer, longer and wider. Overall width that’s broadened to 1,800mm (increased by 15mm) and the same overall height of 1,610mm.

The 2014 Soul offers premium touches such as high-mounted LED front positioning lights and rear LED halo lights. External Track’ster similarities are easy to spot, as the 2014 Soul features a larger trapezoidal lower air intake, a reworked version of Kia’s signature grille and a unique “floating” body colour panel inset into the boot. Subtle enhancements include a wider (by 61mm over the previous Soul) opening for the boot, allowing Soul to carry more.

While final colour names have yet to be determined, the 2014 Soul will be available in seven new exterior hues, including the two seen on stage in New York: Solar Yellow and Inferno Red. European specification choices will be announced later.

Read the entire article New York Auto Show: 2014 Kia Soul breaks cover

The Kia Soul ‘Shaker’ makes a comeback to the Soul Originals range at the top of the newly modified Soul range with a starting price of £15,295 on-the road. The other models in the original lineup include Soul ‘Quantum’ and Soul ‘Inferno’. The Soul ‘Shaker’ is positioned in the Soul line-up higher than the ‘2’ specification version and has the same advanced features as the other models in the Soul Originals range.

Some of these are iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control (only for diesel version) and air conditioning. In addition, LED daytime running lights, LED rear combination lamps and high mounted brake lights are included in this list too. The interior features steering wheel mounted controls while both the steering wheel and gearshift have leather trimming.

The ‘Shaker’ is sure to stand out with a Vanilla Shake coloured bodywork but for no additional cost, it is also offered in Quartz Black metallic. The ‘Shaker’ gets a more purposeful stance from its stunning multi-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels.

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