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To think we’re in the third quarter of the year already. It feels like only yesterday that we were celebrating the amazing debut if the 2020 Kia Soul and the 2020 Kia Soul EV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, only a few months away (August 2019), the 2019 LA Auto Show in November is already causing excitement in the automotive industry. Ever hear of the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards? Treated as the most prestigious and unique awards in the industry, the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) only reviews the best the industry has to offer. A list of only 46 models eligible for the 2020 awards was named, made up of 19 cars, 22 utilities and five trucks from 23 different automotive brands. Kia has been named in two of those categories, with the 2020 Kia Soul eligible for the “Car of the Year” award and the 2020 Kia Telluride eligible for the “Utility of the Year” award.
What Do You Mean “Eligible”?
Yes, that term has popped up more than once, and there is a reason we saw the 2020 Kia Soul and 2020 Kia Telluride are eligible for their respective awards. When it comes to the NACTOY awards, car models ranging from those with mass market appeal to niche groups such as luxury vehicles and work trucks. To be considered for the list each year, a vehicle must be an all-new model, or still early in its production run, as well as being available at dealerships before the end of the year (2019). Past that, to be considered for the final round, models have to get past a panel of 50 jurors.
Back in 2018, Kia Motors was quickly becoming the safest car brand in America, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A little over a year ago, eight Kia Motors vehicles received a “Top Safety Pick” or “Top Safety Pick+” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with a range of vehicles receiving their merits. Among them was the 2018 Kia Soul compact car, having received “Top Safety Pick+” rating. Now in 2019, the completely redesigned 2020 Kia Soul has also earned Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) status.
Let’s have a quick refresh on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS. The IIHS is a trusted organization for rating vehicle safety. Known for their intense impact crash-simulations that test a vehicle on a variety of circumstances, the IIHS is able to evaluate the safety of a vehicle based on crash avoidance and mitigation. The IIHS puts all new vehicles through the five following tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.
2019 isn’t even over and automakers are already letting automobile spies get shots of their 2021 models in camouflage. That’s okay though, we always like getting some juicy information before it hits the streets, pun intended. 2019 may be the year that Kia Motors beats their drum over the 2020 Kia Soul with the New Species of Soul marketing campaign, but in 2018, they had another ad campaign all about the 2019 Kia Sorento and the new features it brings. Now, the latest spy shots are giving us a glimpse at the next-generation Kia Sorento, and we’re getting a little psyched.
The new 2021 Kia Sorento is going to be more than just a crossover – it’s going to be redefined. Let’s face it, the Kia Sorento has gotten a little lost in the lineup of SUVs and crossovers from an automaker that keeps pumping them out every year. It’s time that this crossover got its own look, and with a more stylish appearance, the Kia Sorento might catch a little Telluride fever.
The 2020 Kia Soul was revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Show alongside the new 2020 Kia Soul EV, and since then, the automaker has gone out of its way to remind us the attitude the Kia Soul has on the streets. Their new marketing campaign, The New Species of Soul, showed off new lineups Kia Motors will be releasing in multiple vehicle models, such as the GT Line, X-Line, and EX Designer Collection. Now that the 2020 Kia Soul is available, let’s talk about all the good it brings to the new model year.
A Little More Power but A Lot More Fun
With Kia Motors opening up a GT line while also planning to become the world’s next all-electric automaker, the 2020 Kia Soul is one of the first vehicles consumers will get to experience the new GT lineup with. Although the standard engine under the hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder able to generate 147 horsepower, there’s another engine option for a little more oomph! An optional turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that delivers a total of 201 horsepower is slowly becoming the average engine of the new GT lineup, also powering the upcoming Kia Forte GT.
When it comes to handling the new 2020 Kia Soul, it’s nimble and fun to drive. Consumers have the choice of a six-speed manual or a nicely mannered continuously variable automatic transmission with the standard engine and get a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with the more powerful engine. Whichever the consumer chooses, the new hatchback is the perfect car for crowded urban areas while also zipping through the bustling traffic of the highway. It may not be a sports car, but the new chassis gives the 2020 Kia Soul a longer stance for keeping control of the road in the driver’s hands.
Still a Hatchback
The Kia Soul is a hatchback and doesn’t shy away from its roots. There’s still plenty of room for people and cargo in the 2020 model. Getting a little more wiggle room, the tall roof provides front and rear passengers with plenty of headroom. Even with its square shape, passengers will find the cabin plenty comfortable.
Carving out a little extra space in every part of the new Kia Soul bodywork, consumers will now find 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk with the rear seats up. It may not sound like much, but it’s a 25-percent increase from previous models. Again, the new chassis has upgraded the 2020 Kia Soul in more ways than one.
Not Just a Touch of Tech – All the Tech
Some automakers may make consumers cash out a little more for what should come standard these days – a nice infotainment system with smartphone compatibility to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That’s why the 2020 Kia Soul comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone capabilities. For those who go higher up the lineup, especially when it comes to the GT-line and high-end EX, consumers get a 10/25-inch touchscreen instead. A 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is another option to look for, and with the adjustable lighting in the door panels that can pulse to the beat of the music, it would be quite the show.
There’s an array of advanced safety features in the 2020 Kia Soul. Features like automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision alert all make it into the 2020 model for additional security on the road. Don’t worry if the new stance gives the 2020 Kia Soul a bit of a meaner look. Kia Motors is Quickly Becoming the Safest Car Brand in America.
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So, what exactly IS the EX Designer Collection Package Kia Motors has been touting with its new marketing campaign, “The new Species of Soul”? When the 2020 Kia Soul was first revealed, we got a little look at the future Kia GT Line and X-Line, but not a whole lot has been said about this new EX-Designer line. From what we can tell, Kia is starting to make a shift that allows consumers to get a little more bang for their buck, as well as entering a new lineup where personalization and customization are King.
EX Designer Collection
In the commercial seen above, “The New Species of Soul” shows off the 2020 Kia Soul GT, Soul X, and Soul EX Designer. The 2020 Kia Soul GT has a sportier exterior, black side mirrors, red accents, narrow headlights, and a grille that has a more angular design. Adding a more rugged look, the Soul X has fog lights, a rounded grille, unique wheels, and a roof rail for going off-road. The EX Designer…well it feels a little out-of-place.
It’s that time of year again. Kia Motors has produced a new marketing campaign for the third generation of the Kia Soul hatchback. With a newly expanding lineup on a global scale, Kia Motors America launched a marketing campaign that builds upon the brand’s new mantra: Give It Everything. Calling the new Kia Soul the “most adaptable version ever of the brand’s iconic urban runabout”, the new campaign is about the automaker’s ability to adapt to change. A lot of this can be clearly seen in their expanding alternative fuel lineup and their claims to become an all-electric automaker. The new campaign shows that they can still deliver to every kind of consumer while moving forward.
“We have taken the Soul to an entirely new level by giving it even more of Kia’s ‘Give It Everything’ credo. With the expanded lineup offering more style, utility, technology, comfort, and adaptability than ever before, it’s a whole new species of Soul…While nearly everything about the Soul is different, this campaign continues the fun and irreverent attitude that turned Soul into an icon over the last decade.” – Saad Chehab, vice president, marketing communications, Kia Motors America
Back when the 2020 Kia Soul was first unveiled at the 2018 LA Auto Show, we heard of two distinct trims that were being added to the lineup. They went by the name of “GT” and “X”, for the respective model lines Kia Motors has been putting together, starting with their new Kia GT Line. The 2020 Soul GT was defined by a sportier exterior featuring black side mirrors, red accents, narrow headlights, and a grille that has a more angular design, leaning into its sports car mystique. The X-line, however, offers a more rugged look with fog lights, a rounded grille, unique wheels, and a roof rail – all hallmarks of an off-road vehicle. We saw both of these in the new marketing campaign, entitled “The New Species of Soul”, but another model line also entered – the EX Designer, part of the new EX Designer Collection Package.
Now that the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show has ended, we’ve seen all the auto industry had to offer over nearly two weeks. Kia Motors is one automaker that stood out, not because of a model or concept they debuted, but more of a promise for the future of their lineup. It’s not surprising – many names in the auto industry are starting to bring electric motors and batteries into the mix of their vehicles. Kia Motors, however, may have the most alternative fuel vehicles in their lineup than any other automaker. Not only this, but Kia has been on a mission to change the auto industry and are intent on leading the way. Style, tech, alternative fuel are the cornerstones of the new Kia Motors, but can they deliver?
What pops to mind when talking about Kia Motors and style? Is it the Kia Stinger? Currently the icon for Kia Motors, the Kia Stinger brought a whole new attitude to Kia Motors. The automaker was intent on “designing cars that drive as good as they look,” and the Kia Stinger definitely delivered. Able to surpass costly luxury cars that claim to drive fast, the Kia Stinger’s performance may have been the jumping off point for Kia Motors going GT, while giving all of their new vehicles a little taste of the Stinger’s style.
Making cars that look great is one thing, but a vehicle that performs at its best is definitely the GT line of the Kia Stinger. With different drive modes for sharp turns or a long ride, drivers enjoy getting behind the wheel of a Kia Stinger GT. Now, Kia Motors is coming out with a GT for many of its vehicles, starting with the 2020 Kia Soul, Kia Forte GT, and Kia Rio GT. If the automaker can deliver on performance this well, can they also upgrade the tech?
Those well informed in the auto industry like to talk about the best times to shop for a car and how to get a good deal. Many like the joke that the best time is after Halloween – just like vendors and grocery stores that discount candy after the event is over, the last quarter of the year is also when new vehicles start coming out – like the newly redesigned 2020 Kia Soul, one of the first vehicles we’ll see from Kia Motors new GT lineup. With the arrival of the 2020 model in dealerships in late 2019, consumers can grab a deal on the outgoing 2019 model, but we’re not sure if someone can really pass up the all-new 2020 Kia Soul.
All-New Kia Soul
In late October 2018, Kia Motors let the news slip, and during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2020 Kia Soul was revealed alongside its electric variant, the 2020 Kia Soul EV. The two shared some aesthetics and features, including a new wrap around windshield that gives the entire front fascia a slick look, but only the 2020 Kia Soul has any mentions of a new lineup from Kia Motors. Undisclosed as much as their new GT lineup, the 2020 Kia Soul also features an X-line trim, suggesting Kia Motors has many plans bubbling up.
In October 2018 (hint), Kia Motors announced the new direction they’re taking the business in. The 2018 Kia Stinger sports car had a larger impact on the automaker than we may have thought because after the Kia Stinger GT, Kia Motors decided to open an exclusive GT line and produce more GT models. Think sports car, but with high-end premium features that could land it in the luxury car segment. After all, the Kia Stinger is faster than many high-end luxury vehicles in a race, why not up the ante?
After all the talk about Kia Motors turning into a GT automotive brand, there was a lot of speculation about which vehicles could benefit from a GT. They had to be real winners of the Kia Motors lineup. After all, it would seem that the already popular Kia Stinger sports car started the GT theme with its three “GT” trims. It didn’t take too much time for Kia to name a few winners – the 2020 Kia Soul GT, the 2019/20 Kia Forte GT, and the Kia Rio GT. We all know the Kia Soul will always be funky, and the Forte holds a bit of class. Although the Kia Rio has been around for a bit, it’s still one of those models that fly under the radar. Let’s take a look at what makes this sedan so great, and why Kia chose it for their first round of GT models.
When it comes to the U.S. market, small cars are all but dead. Big name Ford pulled all of their sedans from American shores, except for their beloved Mustang, practically giving up the game. Still, in the midst of what seems like a dying age for sedans, with a quickly saturating SUV and crossover market, Kia Motors is willing to back their Kia Rio.
The Super Bowl recently concluded with the New England Patriots taking home the winnings. During this time of year, many product brands and services are able to put together a great commercial that will hopefully burn into the mind of every viewer so that their product and/or service will be remembered for the many months to come. Who still remembers, “WHASSSSUUUUUP?” Say it aloud, and we’re sure someone nearby will respond appropriately. Well, aside from humor, some brands are reaching out a bit more to the youth. One of these automotive brands is Kia Motors.
The Great Unknown
We actually discussed this advertisement by Kia Motors not too long ago, but not at length because it had yet to have its “official” debut. However, like many, Kia unleashed this ad online weeks before the Super Bowl aired. Kia Motors has actually been getting very involved with the youth lately, partnering with South Korean girl group, BLACKPINK, to sponsor their 2019 World Tour, and becoming the official sponsor of the League of Legends European World Championship.