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A compact crossover produced by Kia since 2009.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Kia Soul page on 30 August 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Kia Soul is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive, five-door subcompact crossover manufactured and marketed worldwide by Kia and now in its second generation.

Designed at Kia's design center in California, the Soul debuted at the 2008 Paris Motor Show and is manufactured in South Korea. Since 2014, Kia has marketed an electric variant as the Soul EV in North and Central America as well as Europe.

First generation (2009–2013)

The Soul concept was styled by Mike Torpey in early 2005. As a new member of Kia's Design Team in Irvine, California, Torpey was sent to KIA Korea to brainstorm a new vehicle.

After seeing a television documentary on wild boars and learning of their importance in Korean culture, Torpey sketched a caricature of a boar wearing a backpack. The New York Times reported "the boar’s attitude of strength and capability was the image [Torpey] wanted for a new model aimed at hip urban youths."

According to the Automotive news, the Soul had been criticized for a "plasticky" interior and a harsh ride. Both the ride quality and interior were upgraded during the first year of production.

Second generation (2014–present)

Unveiled at the 2013 New York and Frankfurt auto shows, the second generation Soul is based on Kia's Track'ster concept, and offers an increase in torsional rigidity of 28.7%, wheelbase increased to 2,570 mm (101 in), width increased to 1,800 mm (71 in) and the same overall height of 1,600 mm (63.0 in). The redesign features a wraparound greenhouse, high-mounted tail lights, large trapezoidal lower air intake and "floating" body color panel set into the liftgate.

The U.S. model went on sale as 2014 model year vehicle, and early models include a choice of 1.6 Gamma GDI or 2.0 Nu MPI engines, 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission; Base Soul, Soul Plus and Soul Exclaim trim levels.

The European model was set to go on sale in early 2014, with UK launch in Spring 2014. Early models include a choice of 1.6-litre GDi petrol or CRDi diesel engines (from the previous generation Kia Soul), six-speed manual or automatic transmission, three different roof colors (black, white and red), a choice of 11 body colors. Korean market models receive the same two engines, with the two-liter gasoline engine currently reserved for North American buyers.


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2017 BookKia Soul Owner's Manual by Kia Motors


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Yellow Cab Kia Soul Yellow Cab
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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Alliance Ground International (AGI) Kia Soul Alliance Ground International (AGI)
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
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Kia Soul Track'ster Concept Track'ster Concept
2012 New York International Auto Show
Photo by IFCAR
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2017 Kia Soul base in Alien II Soul in Alien II
Photo ©2017 Bill Crittenden
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2017 Kia Soul base in Alien II Soul in Alien II
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2017 Kia Soul base in Alien II Soul in Alien II
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2017 Kia Soul base in Alien II Soul in Alien II
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2017 Kia Soul base in Alien II Soul in Alien II
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2017 Kia Soul base in Alien II Soul in Alien II
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2017 Kia Soul base in Alien II Soul in Alien II
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2017 Kia Soul base in Alien II Soul in Alien II
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2017 Kia Soul base in Alien II Soul in Alien II
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
24 May 2008Soul Concept Cars Retain The Spirit And NameAnthony Fontanelle
27 May 2008Kia's Concept Car's Name RetainedAnthony Fontanelle
11 September 20142015 Kia Soul EV pricing announced with attractive lease deal Luke Ottaway
16 October 20172017 Kia Soul Base Model: The Best Basic Transportation (Not a Lot of) Money Can Buy Bill Crittenden


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
2010SC083—“Basis For Defect Determination”
NHTSA Recall 10V388000

PDF
- 50KB - 1 page
24 February 2010Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2010 Kia Soul
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.1MB - 178 pages
23 July 2010Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 301R: Fuel System Integrity - Rear Impact
2010 Kia Soul
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.8MB - 55 pages
30 August 2010NHTSA Recall 10V388000
2011 Kia Sorento, 2010 Kia Soul
Electrical System:Wiring
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
30 August 2010Recall Campaign: 2010 MY Kia Soul and 2011 MY Kia Sorento Wiring Harness Replacement
From: Robert Babcock, Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc.
To: Daniel Smith, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 10V388000

PDF
- 337KB - 3 pages
1 September 2010Wiring Harness Replacement
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Robert Babcock, Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 10V388000

PDF
- 28KB - 3 pages
13 September 2010SAFETY RECALL NOTICE
Kia Motors
NHTSA Recall 10V388000

PDF
- 69KB - 2 pages
October 20102010 Q3
Kia Motors America, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 10V388000

PDF
- 8KB - 1 page
January 20112010 Q4
NHTSA Recall 10V388000

PDF
- 7KB - 1 page
April 20112011 Q2
Kia Motors America, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 10V388000

PDF
- 13KB - 1 page
30 September 2011Compliance Testing for FMVSS 135: Light Vehicle Brake Systems
2011 Kia Soul, 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 14.8MB - 71 pages
13 October 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 126: Electronic Stability Control Systems
2011 Kia Soul
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.3MB - 68 pages
19 October 20112011 Q3
Kia Motors America, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 10V388000

PDF
- 28KB - 1 page
January 20122011 04
NHTSA Recall 10V388000

PDF
- 23KB - 1 page
27 April 20122Q 2011
Kia Motors America, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 10V388000

PDF
- 30KB - 1 page




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