2008 LA Auto Show: Kia Motors America Introduces All-New Soul - COMPLETE VIDEO


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Brand-Defining Addition Makes its Debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Soul = Style + ValU + SafeT -- L8st head-trnr will impre$ w/ personality & gr8 options

LOS ANGELES - November 20, 2008: Kia Motors today announced the North American debut of the all-new Soul passenger vehicle at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. With Soul's arrival as an early model year 2010 vehicle to the C-Segment, it allows young and young-at-heart buyers to have the freedom to truly personalize and emotionally connect with their vehicle.

Originally debuted as a concept in 2006, Soul's exterior remains true to the original design, implying power and strength. The beltline rises from the front wheel arch to create a gentle wedge shape and continues under and around the rear side window. The rear is dominated by the vertical combination rear lamps set into the body color panel with clear outer lenses. The body and wheel arch crease line extends around the bumper for a tough style matching the look from the front.


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Available in four trims, Soul, Soul+, Soul! (exclaim) and Soul sport, the versatile five-door offers plenty of standard features. Soul includes black door handles and side mirrors, body-colored bumpers, rear wiper/washer and 15-inch steel wheels fitted with P195/65R15 tires. Upgrading to Soul+ offers keyless remote entry, solar glass, privacy glass on the rear side and rear windows body-color handles and power side mirrors along with 16-inch alloy wheels with P205/55R16 tires. Soul! adds power moonroof, fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels furnished with P225/45R18 tires, while Soul sport features side sills, rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, unique front and rear fascias.

Soul's interior design is influenced by the car's highly specified audio system. An uncluttered dashboard with a three-dial instrument cluster, LCD illumination, a floating center stack design is the key visual feature and offers enticing access to the AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system outfitted with SIRIUS Satellite Radio capabilities and three months complimentary service(1). Standard auxiliary and USB input jacks also can be found in the center console with full iPod(R) controllability via the audio head unit and steering wheel controls.

Soul features front-wheel drive, a high roofline and an unusually long wheelbase. Built on a platform with a wheelbase of 100.4 inches, an overall length of 161.6 inches, an overall width of 70.3 inches and overall height of 63.4 inches Soul offers a comfortable interior with roomy seating for up to five passengers.

Mounted on the front sub frame that supports the engine and transmission, Soul is fitted with a fully independent front and twist-beam rear suspension system, with front MacPherson struts and coil springs, designed to deliver responsive handling and an agile ride. In the rear, Soul suspension is sub-frame-mounted with a transverse torsion beam axle with trailing arms for a smooth ride and minimum intrusion into the cargo space.

Soul's 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, which produces approximately 120 horsepower. For those looking for a little more power, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is available with either the five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The latter engine produces approximately 140 horsepower, and is available for Soul+, Soul! and Soul sport. Fuel economy for both engines is estimated at 30 or more miles per gallon.

Soul continues to offer the same high level of standard safety equipment as all Kia vehicles, with features such as front seat active headrests, dual front advanced airbags, front seat-mounted and full-length side curtain airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). An antilock brake system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC), and rear disc brakes are standard on Soul+, Soul! and Soul sport models.

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