Kia Soul News

Kia And Hamsters And Petville, Oh My: The Soul Returns To Facebook
Kia And Hamsters And Petville, Oh My: The Soul Returns To Facebook

We have good news and bad news. The good news: for a third year, Kia will underwrite the Vans Warped Tour, which, for those who haven't been, is a lot like Lollapalooza, except people actually go. The bad news: Kia is bringing the Soul back to Facebook, which didn't go too well the first time...Read More»

Screencap from Kia's summer 2010 commercial for the Soul
Video: Kia Sells Its Soul With Hip Hop Hamsters

At the 2010 New York Auto Show, Neilsen handed Kia its top automotive advertising prize for last year's "New Way to Roll" ad, which featured some fairly hip hamsters cruising city streets in a bright red Kia Soul. Now, Kia is resuscitating those hamsters -- or their more urban, East Coast cousins...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
2010 Kia Soul: Stylish, Safe, And Efficient For Families

When most people think of “family cars” they don’t necessarily think about the 2010 Kia Soul. But this stylishly boxy utility vehicle offers ample room for five, great fuel economy and plenty of cargo room. If that doesn’t add up to a great family car package in this day and age then it’s...Read More»

Kia 'Hamsters' commercial
2010 New York Auto Show: Nielsen Names Winners Of 2010 Ad Awards

A couple of weeks ago, Nielsen ripped open a few envelopes and announced the nominees for its 2010 Automotive Ad awards. Unfortunately, last year's  economic storm clouds forced most automakers to be very conservative with their marketing, so the pool of ads Nielsen had to draw from was somewhat...Read More»

Kia 'Hamsters' commercial
Video: Nielsen Announces Nominees for 2010 Automotive Ad Awards

Hollywood celebutantes and big-shot producers aren't the only folks enjoying awards shows these days: auto industry types (and their ad agencies) are also getting in on the fun with Nielsen's annual Automotive Ad Awards. Nielsen has just announced its slate of nominees for the 2010 awards, which...Read More»

Kia Shadow Dragon Soul
Kia Adds Shadow Dragon To Soul Lineup

Kia today announced the arrival of the special edition Shadow Dragon Soul, the third of four planned special edition Soul models. Showing design themes similar in nature to the Soul “Burner” concept that debuted in 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Shadow Dragon trim features black...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
Second Drive: 2010 Kia Soul

Los Angeles commuting conditions are quite the proving ground for small cars. With most of LA commute times spent either racing from stoplight to stoplight, crawling along in gridlock, or screaming along expressways at 80 mph or more, these conditions bring out the worst in a lot of small...Read More»

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Kia UVO: In-Car Twitter, Facebook…And 180-MPH TV Viewing

If the first full week of 2010 is any indication, this is looking to be the year when the competition really heats up over in-car connectivity features. With Ford's recent announcement regarding its new iPhone-like MyFord Touch system, including USB-based in-car Wi-fi and an accelerated...Read More»

GMC Urban Utility Concept teaser
The Future Is Smaller: GMC Teases The Urban Utility Concept

GMC isn't known for making small anythings, but that reputation may change after the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. The brand associated with behemoths like the Suburban has just released a couple of teaser images for a small concept vehicle that will be shown at NAIAS called the GMC Urban Utility...Read More»

Limited-edition Kia Soul 'Ignition'
Limited-Edition 2010 Kia 'Ignition' Soul Rolls Into Showrooms

Here at TCC, we've done a good bit of fawning over the 2010 Kia Soul, and in his expert review, Marty Padgett gave it an impressive 8.2 rating. Like most vehicles in its category, the boxy five-door hatch -- which competes directly with models like the Scion xB and the Nissan Cube --offers a wide...Read More»

2009 Saturn Sky
Power: People Won't Buy Cars From Companies Headed Into Oblivion

Things haven't looked so hot for Chrysler and General Motors this year. And now it's clear that assurances from the government and CEOs weren't enough to overcome the images of…well, sinking ships. And for the image-conscious, buying a car from a failing company or a retired brand? Not so...Read More»

Kia VG rendering
Rendered: Kia's New Premium VG

Korean automaker Kia seems to be on a roll these days -- at least on the design front. Its boxy Scion xB/Nissan Cube competitor, the Kia Soul, has held its own in the face of discerning auto journalists, and the sporty Kia Forte Koup looks to do similarly well. Now the company has shared renderings...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen CC
Volkswagen CC Earns Major Design Award, But Sales Are Tepid

The Volkswagen Passat CC (called the Volkswagen CC in the U.S.) is by nearly all accounts a great-looking car. And now the smooth four-door coupe has won a prestigious red dot design award. The top award for vehicles, officially "red dot Design Award 2009 – Best of the Best," in the product...Read More»

2010 Kia Forte Koup
Kia Cues Up New Models: Forte And Soul Are Just The Start For 2010

As other automakers agonize over idled plants and tough choices, things are looking good for Kia—both overseas and for its rapidly growing operations in the U.S.  Overall, Kia sales are down 6.8 percent versus last year; but that's one of the smallest drops in sales of any brand, second only to...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
Kia Soul and Honda Fit Earn Top Safety Ratings In Europe

Europe’s major crash-test organization just last week released some results that should be of interest to U.S. small-car shoppers. Two of TheCarConnection.com’s top choices—the 2010 Kia Soul and the 2009 Honda Fit (called Jazz in other markets)—were among the first vehicles to be tested and...Read More»

2009 Kia Soul’ster Concept Under Serious Consideration For Production

  Kia rolled out an oddly styled pickup concept based on its new 2010 Soul compact car back at January’s Detroit Auto Show as way to drum up excitement for the standard hatchback model that went on sale in March. The concept, dubbed the Soul’ster, was never intended to be produced but strong...Read More»

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Driven: 2010 Kia Soul vs. 2009 Nissan Cube

Less than a week after TheCarConnection.com’s first drive of the new 2009 Nissan Cube, I had “the other new boxy hatch,” the Kia Soul, in my driveway. Naturally, at almost all moments, I couldn’t resist weighing it against the Cube. Design-wise, there’s a lot to process in these two...Read More»

Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept
12 Great Family Cars for the Recession

  America’s in the midst of a deep recession--and no industry's suffered like the auto industry. Even so, the need for a new family car is still pressing on folks who may be readying for a new arrival, or ready to move out of a smaller car into one that’s more teen-friendly. Which family car...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
16 Cars for $16,000---Or Less

If you’re looking for a new set of wheels despite the recession, you’re in for a surprise. New cars can be far more expensive than you recall from your last trip to the showroom. According to figures from Comerica Bank, which compiles an annual study on affordability, the average new car sold...Read More»

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