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Kia Soul: Named One Of Kelley Blue Book’s Coolest Cars Under $10,000

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IRVINE, Calif., May 18, 2015 – Kia Motors America’s (KMA) popular urban hatchback, the 2015 Soul, is one of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 in 2015, according to Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.  This year marks the fourth consecutive time Soul has been recognized by the editors at KBB.com, and similar to last year, Kia’s fun-and-funky urban runabout ranked among the top three on the annual list, which highlights the hippest and most affordable cars on the market.  Editors at Kelley Blue Book once again included the Soul for its stylish looks and tech-savvy content.  With a base price of $15,1901, the Soul offers flexible interior configurations and a unique exterior design with a wide array of available features at a great value.

“Since first coming onto the scene in 2009, the Soul has been an out-of-the-park homerun for Kia, and the second generation retains its iconic design while including modern cues and premium features to enhance our brand’s value proposition,” said Tim Chaney, vice president of marketing communications, KMA.  “It’s these refinements, along with its funky persona, roomy cabin and ample cargo space, that have upped the Soul’s allure, making it even more popular with consumers.”

New for 2015 on the Exclaim model is an available interior Umber Color Package, which is available with either the Fathom Blue or Cloud White exterior colors.  Included with the option package is premium Nappa leather seating surfaces and door armrest accents.  Outside, Gloss Black wheel inserts further set the Umber Color Package apart.

“Some cool vehicles aren’t very versatile, but the Kia Soul made our list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 just because it is so versatile,” said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. “On the road the Soul’s funky, squared-off shape won’t be mistaken for anything else, and standing out is cool.  At the same time, its collection of useful features and its interior versatility at a very affordable price add significantly to its overall cool quotient.”

The 2015 Soul is offered in three trim levels:  Base, Plus and Exclaim.  Motivation for the Base Soul is delivered by a gasoline direct injection (GDI) 130-horsepower (at 6,300 rpm) 1.6-liter all-aluminum DOHC four-cylinder engine.  The GAMMA engine produces 118 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,850 rpm.  The Plus and Exclaim models enjoy the more powerful 2.0-liter NU power plant with GDI technology.  Power is rated at 164 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 151 lb.-ft. of torque at a 4,000 rpm.  The 1.6-liter engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. The Plus and Exclaim models are available exclusively with the six-speed automatic gearbox.



Music Themed Kia Souls – Sema Auto Show

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By Brandon Turkus

SEMA has been pretty mellow this year in terms of over-the-top mod jobs. Sure, there have been some questionable choices, but none have been quite as questionable as the vehicle you see above. This is one of five versions of the redesigned Kia Soul that have been rolled out for the show, all of which take their inspiration from music.

The Vans Warped Tour Soul is the airbrushed vehicle you can see above. Its questionable paint job is accentuated by eight eight-inch Infinity speakers in the side windows, a slide-out barbecue and a 50-inch flat panel monitor on the roof. We imagine this is what happens when you let Xzibit near your Kia Soul. The Vans Warped Tour car also features LED ambient lighting, and the wheels are moderately sized for a SEMA vehice – just 20-inches.

The Amped Soul isn’t a car, so much as a car-shaped enclosure for several very big speakers. The passenger-side B-pillar has been removed, and the rear door has been replaced with a suicide door, allowing the driver to put the massive stereo on display. LED lighting and four twelve-inch Infinity subwoofers have been fitted, as well as a JBL Pro Live “club-sized stereo.” Those gold wheels are 22-inch Forgiato, three-piece items.

The purple Kia was designed by the team at Rides magazine, and has been dubbed the DJ Booth Soul. There’s no roof for this hamster shuttle, as it’s been removed, allowing a DJ to rise up on a stage situated where the backseats would be. Three-spoke, 19-inch wheels from Rotiform actually look nice, partially due to the lowered ride provided by the Ark Performance springs. A speaker enclosure sits in the grille, while LED and strobe lighting turn wherever the DJ Booth Soul is into a party.

The fourth Soul on display is the Music Memorabilia car, a mobile museum with musical artifacts from the likes of Slash, 50 Cent, Jimi Hendrix and John Legend. Each item is on display in a custom trunk enclosure. The platinum paint and gold wheels are inspired by platinum and gold records, while the interior sports gold diamond sticking and a mix of suede and leather.

Finally, The Voice Soul is inspired by NBC’s talent reality show of the same name. Wearing not-so-subtle red paint and a The Voice logo on the side, its design is perhaps the simplest of the five cars. Twenty-inch wheels add a bit more visual flair, but this Soul is all about its interior. The coaches’ chairs from the show replace the standard seats, while red leather, black suede and red stitching dominate. The newest iPad Mini is hooked up to a 40-inch TV, a microphone and the car’s Rockford Fosgate speakers, turning the whole thing into a mobile karaoke bar.

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