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Kia reveals four wild autonomous concepts at SEMA 2016

Kia has unveiled four new hand-built and heavily-customised concepts to this year’s SEMA show, exploring active and diverse lifestyles ranging from sports entertainment to business travel. Each concept is designed to give a glimpse into the future of ‘The Autonomous Life’, where vehicles will not only drive themselves but will also be tailor-built to suit our lifestyles...

2017 Kia Soul pricing and specs: $24,990 drive-away price for refreshed hatch

Local pricing and specifications for the updated 2017 Kia Soul have been detailed, with the boxy hatch sporting a lightly refreshed look, an updated interior and a sharper price. For the new model year, the Soul now kicks off at $24,990 drive-away for the single-variant range, down from the previous price of $26,990, which did not include on-road drive-away costs...

2017 Kia Soul gets turbo engine and new equipment - UPDATE

Update - Kia's local arm has confirmed the turbocharged Soul won't be coming to Australia, though exterior and interior revisions will be part of a 2017 update coming soon. See article for details. The 2017 Kia Soul will soon have, dare we say it, a bit more soul - but not for our market, it seems...

2017 Kia Soul update revealed in Korea: Australian revisions due by year’s end

A mildly-updated 2017 Kia Soul has been revealed on the company’s Korean website, bringing a lightly refreshed look and new interior options for the boxy hatch. While the differences are subtle, the new Soul sports a revised front bumper for a toughened, SUV-like look with a faux skid plate, and more pronounced fog lights...

Kia tops US J.D. Power quality survey: Soul, Sportage the big winners

Korean car maker Kia has become the first non-premium brand in 27 years to top the Initial Quality Survey conducted by J.D. Power in the United States. Now in its 30th year, the J.D. Power IQS is an annual survey that analyses responses from vehicle owners in 26 segments, evaluating driving experience, engine and transmission performance, and a broad range of quality-related problems within the first 90 days of ownership...

Kia small SUV role likely to be filled by repositioned Soul, Niro unlikely for Oz

Kia is expected to reposition the Soul crossover hatch as its entry-level SUV model within months - but it will mainly come down to price, rather than ride height. Ever since the current-generation Soul arrived on sale in Australia in 2014, it has been considered too dear for what it offered in the market. There has also been a non-existent marketing spend around that model...

Kia Soul, Rondo will avoid the axe

Kia Australia insists two of its slowest-selling models, the Rondo MPV and Soul hatch, are firmly part of its local range for the foreseeable future. The Korean company has been pruning back its line-up of late, ditching the slow-selling Pro_Cee’d GT hot hatch late last year and the Cerato Koup range earlier this month on account of meagre sales, though it says it will launch a 'GTi' version of the next-generation 2018 Cerato five-door to offset this, eventually...

2014-2015 Kia Soul recalled over steering fault

Kia Australia has recalled 338 vehicles in its Soul crossover line, over fears that a loose pin could cause a loss of steering control. The Korean manufacturer reports that the steering pinion gear may separate from the steering rack, which poses an accident hazard for the driver and other motorists. A manufacturing fault is the cause of the defect...

2016 Kia Soul facelift spy photos: Will it come to Australia?

A facelift for the second-generation Kia Soul has been spotted by spy photographers in Europe. In production since 2013, the current Soul has a few years of life left in it yet, but Kia is keen to keep things fresh until a new generation version is ready in either 2018 or 2019. It's likely that this facelift will feature the usual complement of new headlights, tailights, bumpers, grilles, and alloy wheels...

Kia looking to boost sales of Pro_cee'd GT, Rondo, Soul

Kia Motors Australia is looking to boost the sales of some of its slow-selling models with a new finance deal. Money is cheap right now, with interest rates at record lows, and as such there’s plenty of finance deals on offer for new car buyers. For example, Nissan is offering zero per cent finance on a number of its models that need a few more buyers (Juke, Pulsar and Micra)...

2016 Kia Soul: Manual dropped, price up $500, two-tone paint now standard

The Kia Soul is now an automatic-only prospect following the local division’s decision to drop the manual variant. The discontinuation of the six-speed manual transmission coincides with the introduction of the 2016 model year range, which now includes just one variant, the Soul Si six-speed automatic...