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Restyled 2016 Kia Soul will share features with K900

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.

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2019 Kia K900 debuts in New York packing lots of tech

A couple of weeks ago, we heard that Kia took the covers off its newest K900 in their homeland in South Korea. Now, the automaker does the same for the North American model at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The automaker claims that this model will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2018, and pricing details will be revealed as we come closer to the launch date.

New K900 just made its debut in the United States, looking pretty much like its South Korean sibling, where the sedan carries the name K9. The design is quite conservative and it maintains a traditional three box shape, and it seems to not want to move towards the sleeker, coupe inspired elements like that in many modern sedans.

The new grille is one thing that Kia is quite proud of, featuring a wavy mesh with 176 cells. Apparently, this design was made to release energy moving away from its center, similar to how ripples in water move away from the impact of a splash. The poetic concept is not very obvious when looking at the real thing though.

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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 unveils 4 custom autonomous models for 2016 SEMA

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.

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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.

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The new Kia K900 continues to challenge conventional trends just as it did in 2015 by bagging the award ‘International Car of The Year’ by Road and Travel Magazine. It also set the highest record score in its segment by achieving the Auto Pacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award.

The all-new 2016 K900 is filled with upgraded features and there are three new variants: V6 Premium, V6 Luxury and V8 Luxury. A new addition for the 2016 model is a new 3.8 liter, 311-horsepower V6 engine that’s offered as standard.

Other V6 standard features include navigation, panoramic sunroof, and leather seating. The exteriors of all models have been enhanced by adding an 18-inch wheel for the V6, 19-inch chrome wheel or V8, enhanced rear-end-design with updated chrome trim, front grille, taillight design and an all-new bumper.

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LeBron James is definitely considered as one of the best basketball players on Earth, having etched a name in the National Basketball Association even in his young age. Outside the basketball court, however, James is a businessman and a philanthropist as well as a trendsetter.

He is also an ambassador for Kia’s K900 rear-wheel-drive luxury flagship sedan. Yes, James inked a multi-year partnership with Kia Motors America (KMA) as K900 Luxury Ambassador. In fact, James himself is an owner of a Kia K900, which is now part of his exotic car collection.

Interestingly, Kia is also the Official Automotive Partner of the NBA. In August, James posted “Rolling around in my K900. Love this car!” online with photos of the luxury sedan. James remarked that he was already a Kia K900 driver and fan even before partnering with the South Korean carmaker, adding that he is excited to be Kia’s first-ever luxury ambassador.

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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.

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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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2013 LA Auto Show was the place where Kia decided to bring its 2015 K900 rear-drive flagship sedan. This new model is poised to challenge the full-size rear-drive luxury sedan segment and will be offered with a V6 engine or a V8. The 3.6-liter Lambda V6 engine produces 311 hp, while the 5.0-liter V8 is rated at 420 hp. Both engines are mated to the same eight-speed transmission.

The power is delivered to the road via 19-inch chrome alloy wheels on the V8-powered model, while the V6 rides on 18-inch alloy wheels shod with P245/50R-18 tires. The design of the flagship sedan is not new as Kia already sells this vehicle on other markets as the Quoris. The K900 has a 119.9-inch long wheelbase, while the width is 63.8-inch front and 64.1-inch rear track.

The first visual impact with the car shows the Kia signature grille, adaptive LED headlights (offered as standard on the V8-powered model) which feature 16 LED bulbs, LED fog lights, trapezoidal taillights featuring defused LEDs for the brakes and bright LEDs for the turn signals. The rear end comes with dual chrome-tipped exhaust ports that mimic the shape of the taillights.

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Executives at South Korean carmaker Kia have detailed plans to bring in a new flagship to the United States early 2014 during a national sales meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, dealers who attended the event told Automotive News. The introduction of the flagship -- the K900 full-sized, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan – will be a test case on whether Kia’s formula of offering attractive and feature-rich vehicles at value prices can entice premium car buyers in the US.

K900 is expected to carry a tag price of between $50,000 and $70,000, making it the most expensive nameplate that Kia will sell in the US.

Kia K900 will also be the carmaker’s first rwd sedan in the country. Kia will time the US debut of the K900 with a Super Bowl launch. The K900’s US debut comes less than a year after Kia launched its previous flagship, in the US.

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Kia is bringing in a new full-sized rear-wheel-drive flagship sedan – the K900 --in the United States in early 2014, the South Korean carmaker confirmed to dealers. The K900 is the same sedan sold as the K9 in South Korea and as the Quoris in other overseas markets. Kia’s first-ever rwd sedan the US will feature advanced safety technologies and luxury features and will boast power of 420 hp, according to dealers who attended Kia's national dealer meeting.

The K900 is expected to have a starting price of between $50,000 and $70,000. According to Don Hobden, chairman of Kia's national dealer council, Kia officials called the K900 "a 7-series value for a 5-series price." He added that the K900 will be rolled out in the US in early 2014.

Kia told dealers that it will advertise the K900 during the 2014 Super Bowl, according to people who attended the meeting.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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