Kia Motors Corporation – A Global Leader in Car Manufacturing

2014-01-12 00:26:06
The Kia Motor Corporation is a Korean automaker with its headquarters in Seoul. Being South Korea's second largest vehicle manufacturer next to Hyundai Motors, the sales of Kia vehicles reached about 2.7 million vehicles last year. Kia was established in 1944 and they first made cycle parts and steel tubing. In 2012, Hyundai took over about 32.8% shares of Kia Motors.

Kia Motors is South Korea's first car company that was started on June 9, 1944.  The company started making passenger cars in 1974. In 1992, Kia Motors started their operation in the United States also as Kia Motors America. Kia started focusing on the European market too from 2005 onwards and introduced many new models customized for the European market. One of the latest release from Kia Motors is the 2014 Kia Soul, which is considered to be the right mix of comfort and luxury.

The 2014 Kia Soul Review

Kia Soul is about to hit the European market in the year 2014. It is a hatchback version that is called as the "hamster car." On the first look itself, one can find that the all-new Soul is a matured one. Unlike the first-generation cars, which had a cartooned look with an upright tall stance, the new Kia Soul has got a more stylish figure with squared-up shoulders and a bulldog like power stance. It has also got many noticeable factors like the bigger trapezoidal shaped lower intake grille and the grille, which is tiger-nosed.

The car has got an amazing Soul look from the front, however the back end is significantly enhanced. There is an enlarged tailgate, which is defined by a unique black-tinted glass and transit very smoothly to the glossy back trim. After running around the back and go around the LED taillights, it offers an overall upscale look.

The interior has got even better features. The Kia Soul’s waist has got again widened by another 0.6 inches and the wheelbase also features an enhancement of 0.8 inches. There is more room for head, legs as well as the shoulders also widened a bit. All these give a truly comfortable road trip to the passengers. There is increased cargo space too, which has increased to 24.2 cubic feet, which is at least 0.5 cu ft enhancement from the previous models. With the seats folded down, the boot space of Soul gets increased to a total of 61.3 Cu ft., which is good enough to squeeze a fairly large volume of luggage comfortably. Kia also offers a very peaceful environment inside. The company claims that in has increased the NVH material in the cavities of the doors, which aids in reducing wind and road noise getting into the car cabin. The additional isolation pad as well as the layered-style layered carpet also helps to reduce the noise inside again by about 3 dB.

Both the Soul trims are powered by a 2.0-L I4 engine, which boasts of direct fuel injection technology and serving up a fair 164 HP as well as 151 lb. -ft. The engine power is transferred to the front wheel through a 6-speed automatic transmission mechanism. The soul can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.4 seconds.

Kia models:

Kia Sorento
Kia Spectra
Kia Forte
Kia Sedona
Kia Sephia
Kia Soul
Kia Borrego
Kia Quoris
Kia Rondo
Kia Amanti
Kia Cadenza
Kia Rio
Kia Sportage
Kia Optima

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