Kia Soul on way to NZ

Kia Soul on way to NZ

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European car manufacturers took some notice on their home turf when the Kia Soul made its world debut at the Paris Motor Show recently. The new Soul had its turn on centre stage with some new styling and appeal, attracting bigger crowds at its unveiling than some more expensive competitors.

Described as a new kind of “urban crossover” by Peter Schreyer, Frankfurt-based Chief Design Officer for Kia Motors, the Soul is a five-seat, five-door car that will go on sale worldwide in early 2009, including New Zealand.

“There’s anticipation building for the arrival of the Soul, it is really going to bring some pizzazz into the marketplace,” says Todd McDonald, General Manager for Kia Motors New Zealand, who was at the Paris show to see the newcomer first hand.

“The reaction to the Soul has been phenomenal and Kia Motors has told us that customers are lining up around the world — there’s already a three-month waiting list in its home market in Korea. We are currently in discussions with the factory on the timing of its introduction to New Zealand next year.”

The Soul has been touted as a breakthrough model for Kia on its journey to become a design-led company making distinctive vehicles that people want to own. It has retained many of the design features of the original 2006 concept car, including the wrap-around glass — mimicking sports sunglasses – muscular wheel arches, space-age headlights and a slope-back roofline. It also features the new corporate front end styling by Peter Schreyer that will become a signature of all Kia cars in the future.

Special customised packages will enable owners to personalize their Soul with equipment and interiors to match their tastes and lifestyles. Among the packages will be ‘Soul Burner’ with a red-black interior. The hi-fi, mp3 compatible audio system also comes with lighting effects that can be programmed to change — for example, the Club option dims and brighten the audio lights in time with the music. In addition to the large luggage area, there are 14 storage zones designed into the cabin, including a special area for mobile phones, as well as numerous drink holders.

Kia has given the Soul ESP stability control and six airbags as standard. Power options include a choice of new generation, low emission 1.6-litre common rail diesel and 1.6-litre or 2-litre petrol engines, matched to either a sequential shift automatic transmission or 5-speed manual gearbox.

Kia Soul fq

European car manufacturers took some notice on their home turf when the Kia Soul made its world debut at the Paris Motor Show recently. The new Soul had its turn on centre stage with some new styling and appeal, attracting bigger crowds at its unveiling than some more expensive competitors.

Described as a new kind of “urban crossover” by Peter Schreyer, Frankfurt-based Chief Design Officer for Kia Motors, the Soul is a five-seat, five-door car that will go on sale worldwide in early 2009, including New Zealand.

“There’s anticipation building for the arrival of the Soul, it is really going to bring some pizzazz into the marketplace,” says Todd McDonald, General Manager for Kia Motors New Zealand, who was at the Paris show to see the newcomer first hand.

“The reaction to the Soul has been phenomenal and Kia Motors has told us that customers are lining up around the world — there’s already a three-month waiting list in its home market in Korea. We are currently in discussions with the factory on the timing of its introduction to New Zealand next year.”

The Soul has been touted as a breakthrough model for Kia on its journey to become a design-led company making distinctive vehicles that people want to own. It has retained many of the design features of the original 2006 concept car, including the wrap-around glass — mimicking sports sunglasses – muscular wheel arches, space-age headlights and a slope-back roofline. It also features the new corporate front end styling by Peter Schreyer that will become a signature of all Kia cars in the future.

Special customised packages will enable owners to personalize their Soul with equipment and interiors to match their tastes and lifestyles. Among the packages will be ‘Soul Burner’ with a red-black interior. The hi-fi, mp3 compatible audio system also comes with lighting effects that can be programmed to change — for example, the Club option dims and brighten the audio lights in time with the music. In addition to the large luggage area, there are 14 storage zones designed into the cabin, including a special area for mobile phones, as well as numerous drink holders.

Kia has given the Soul ESP stability control and six airbags as standard. Power options include a choice of new generation, low emission 1.6-litre common rail diesel and 1.6-litre or 2-litre petrol engines, matched to either a sequential shift automatic transmission or 5-speed manual gearbox.

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