• Jan 9, 2009
The best description of the Kia Soulster comes via a Google translation of Automarket.ro's post on it: Cabrio pick-up leisure car. Hey, works for us. What we appear to have in the Soulster is a cool-looking compact, four-seater (note that headrest behind the B-pillar) that's sort of in the vein of the late Isuzu Amigo. The windshield's chopped, the looks are a blend of Fisher-Price cute and Tonka Truck rugged, and overall, it works. A rollbar adds a hint of style and ostensibly helps keep everyone's noggins in one piece should the Soulster become inverted. Kiamino? Soulster Pickup? If Kia has the stones to actually produce something this fun-looking, they might just have a hit on their hands. We'll have full coverage from Motown starting this weekend. Thanks for the tip, Mircea.

[Source: Automarket.ro]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The post says Kia "could have a hit on their hands."
      What is that in this auto market?

      I kind of like the look of this. If you could actually haul a couple things in the back it might be work a look. My biggest complaint with the Soul was that the rear pillar windows were so small and would probably create a big blind spot. Chopping them off with this design certainly cures that.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Looks cool and youthful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the Toyota bB open deck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It sort of reminds me of the PT Cruizer Convertible... which I liked at first and then within a year felt indifferent to.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Completely impractical, but very aesthetically pleasing.

      I just realized the headlights look like the Audi R8's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Note to Kia;

      If you build it, they will come....

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      On a personal note, that looks sick!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think it looks great as a truck. Just look at it and imagine a pickup.

        The beltline is too tall for a convertible.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Amigos didnt exactly fly off the shelves and they could come with off road ability.
        kia sportages didnt exactly fly off the shelves
        Suzuki X90s, well they didnt go anywhere :-)
        daihatsu rockys didnt exactly fly off the shelves

        cute to look at, impractical as hell.
        decent 2 seater barely a back seat, no trunk, no off road ability, usually no power.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone know if this will be sold at all locations of Toys'r'us ??
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is truly amazing! I really like what's coming out of Hyundai-KIA these days!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Front clip looks ripped from a Renault of some sort.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Also, is this a production model or a concept?
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks awesome....I really like the direction they are moving..
      Derek
      • 6 Years Ago
      Someone is taking aim at the Wrangler again. And that makes me happy. I have an 05 Wrangler and was really let down by much of what the new Wrangler became. Competition means better products and lower prices for consumers. For those people that want the fun of a Wrangler, but probably at a much, much lower cost (and possibly better quality) this Kia looks like a good option.
        Derek
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Derek
        Best produced Jeep in recent history, based on what? If nothing else it is much too early to make that kind of statement. And do you have any idea how many Jeep's are sold that the most off-road they ever go is cutting a curb too sharply in a parking lot?

        I'm not bashing Jeep, I love them, I have one. I've just always been surprised that there hasn't ever really been any competition for them in the "fun factor" segment of the market, which shouldn't be expensive to make overseas, and include a few more creature comforts than most Jeeps come with.

        And for the record, the new Jeep had plenty of things that I'm not a fan of. Everything from the horrible Chrysler door handles to the fact they are getting heavier and their lack of offering the CRD that the overseas version does. Lastly, all things the same a pacific manufactured Jeep would be considerably less expensive than the ones we are offered here. And that's because, well, I'm sure you've read about the Big 3 recently.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Derek
        Let down? your joking right? the TJ is probubly the best jeep produced in recent history...
        As for the competition bringing the price down, the jeep is cheaper then most to get parts for...
        This thing will be nothing more then a FWD weak 4 banger / jeep wannabe / nice geo metro...
        Im doubting it will have any off road ability... look at the room for wheel travel, there isnt!
        i think its more of a PT cruiser vert then a truck/jeep
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