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First spy pictures of domestic-made Soul:
http://chungkingren.blog.sohu.com/109994838.html

Kia SOUL models as early as in before the official release, we have on this upcoming model has been made in China-related coverage. Today, the network discovered a test vehicle appeared SOUL domestic spy photos, even through layers of camouflage, but for fans, that and the rich character modeling BOX or let us easily identify this new Kia. The SOUL appear in the domestic, but also confirmed the news of the forthcoming China-made.

SOUL debut in the 2006 Detroit Auto Show, was released as a concept car. Eventually in October 2008 issued by the Paris auto show production version better restore the essence of the concept of car design. Kia SOUL body length / width / height dimensions of the 4105mm/1785mm/1610mm, wheelbase is 2550mm, the body size is located just Cerato hatchback and between the RIO.

Matching the 1.6L and 2.0L gasoline engine two, 1.6L maximum power of 126 hp 6300 r / min, maximum torque 156 Nm 4200 r / min; 2.0L up to 142 hp maximum power of 6000 rev / min. Of course, in the European market there is a variable geometry turbocharger technology, 1.6L turbocharged diesel engine. SOUL in South Korea currently sells for 14,000,000 ~ ₩ 20,000,000, equivalent to approximately RMB 90,000 ~ 130,000 yuan.

Chinese-made Kia SOUL will be after the Suzuki SX4, Volkswagen CROSSPOLO models for the competitors and so on. Judging from the appearance, Kia SOUL vehicle modeling fashion, at the same time on the pick of the waistline also has a certain sense of movement. Front lamps are also very personalized, irregular polygon structure was divided into two parts from top to bottom, is located in the upper part of headlamps, and turn signal lights and said width is located in the lower part and embedded in more on the internal position. This is more like the Japanese market popular BOX style models, in China Great Wall Cool Bear is more like their kind, of course, the pricing strategy will not be the same grade.

And after the Chinese-made models will be some SOUL localization transformation, such as changes in body color, and make the appropriate adjustment of the chassis, so as to adapt to the Chinese market and traffic demand. In addition, in the engine configuration of the 1.6L model may be based on the one hand, has a better feel fuel economy, but also to enjoy the new consumption tax preferential policies.

In related news, this model will DYK second plant for the production, is expected to be listed for sale in October. During the same period, another re-sync the first follow-up products that Kia has just launched a major reform subsection Cerato models. In the upcoming Shanghai auto show in April, 2009 DYK two key models, will appear in front of consumers, let us wait and see.


 

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Re: KIA Soul

i heard the sales are doing good for the kia soul in north america but i think the kia forte is the big success car for KIA this year
 

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You know, I like this car............but at the same time it doesn't do anything for me. This is Scion's competition in America - price and style wise it's obviously aiming for the xB. Price wise it has the xB beat...........albeit with a smaller engine. Now, as far as the style...........I suppose it's not apples and oranges in this case, it's red apples vs. green apples! On the outside, it's virtually a toss up - both have nice ideas. On the inside, sorry no contest - the xB wins hands down for me. More style, more personality - the Soul seems to want to be a adult on the inside with a teenager's body on the outside! :D Now, for China? Price wise, it will go up against the new Golf and new Yinglang, but I wouldn't call it a "hot hatch".........maybe a "youthful" SUV? Now, if Toyota was smart they would bring the Scion line here to China.............wait, I forgot - Great Wall has already done that! :cool: :lol: Here's a prediction for you - if the Soul does well as far as sales, I COULD see Honda bringing the Element here to compete with it. It would be a good match up, it would be great to see the Element here - I just love those suicide doors and it's a quirky but cool car.
 

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Dongfeng Kia's Soul has Chinese name: "Show You"

February 25, 2010
Dongfeng Yueda Kia, a joint venture between Dongfeng Motor Corp and S. Korea's Kia Motors Corp, yesterday announced the unique Chinese name of its recently launched Kia crossover Soul: "Xiu Er (秀尔)" which literally and figuratively means "Show You" in Chinese, media reported.

The Kia Soul crossover made by the joint venture in China was launched two months ago but its sales have not been as hot as expected, and now the company has come up with this aggressive, dynamic name to promote this car in the Chinese market, as something "to show the personality and style of its buyers / drivers."

The locally made "Show You" crossover for Chinese buyers has the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter options, with the retail price starting from 80,000 yuan ($11,700). The launch of its Soul crossover was expected to help the Korean carmaker meet the soaring demand for Kia vehicles.

In 2009, Dongfeng Yueda Kia sold 241,386 vehicles, up 70% year on year, and last month the company saw its sales increasing 242% from a year earlier, the biggest growth among auto joint ventures in China in the month. It aims to sell 330,000 cars this year.

Dongfeng Yueda Kia currently also produces the compact Kia Forte (new Cerato), subcompact Rio, mid-sized Optima, Sportage SUV and Carnival MPV. The venture plans to launch a new Kia SUV in October.

http://autonews.gasgoo.com/auto-news/1014186/Dongfeng-Kia-s-Soul-has-Chinese-name-Show-You.html



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I love the new Kia Soul - very impressive design work. Having owned two Kia's I can tell you they're very well made rigs, too. With a great Long-Haul Warranty.
 
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