• Jun 1, 2009
Kia Soul'ster - Click above for a high-res image gallery

One of the reasons automakers build concept vehicles is to gauge the public's reaction to a new design. Apparently, the Kia Soul'ster garnered enough goodwill and interest after its debut at the Detroit Auto Show the Korean automaker is strongly considering putting the canvas-roofed Soul-amino into production. Previously, Kia's Alex Fedorak said the Tonka-mobile was created "in a fashion that was production-capable."

According to Kia-World, though the automaker isn't officially saying the Soul'ster will be mass produced, unnamed Korean magazines are reporting it's looking good and that a decision is on the way in short order. If there's any truth to the rumors, we can expect to see the little subcompact pick'em-up truck on American roads in the second half of 2010. Thanks for the tip, Mike!




[Source: Kia-World]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This isn't really a pickup truck.

      More like a Geo Tracker, Suzuki whatever it was called, Kia Sportage. Used to be a lot of those type vehicles on the market (also include fullsize open Broncos, Jimmys, Ramchargers), but not so many today.

      Fine for people who want the openess of a Wrangler, but prefer better on-road manners for day-to-day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This just doesn't go for Kia but with talks of the GT citroen possibly being built, I'm starting to think that manufacturers are just going to boom or bust in building just about anything and everything they think might sell. of course I can be wrong, but its just a thought.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I could see this becoming popular as one of those small business rolling advertisements/delivery vehicles
      • 5 Years Ago
      Destined to be fitted with a giant Red Bull can and hot chicks in 3... 2... 1...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can imagine this being involved in a gasoline fight...
        • 5 Years Ago
        after picking up some orange mocha frappachinos?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad it will probably share that torsion beam suspension from the regular Kia Soul. If they would have even used the Elantra platform with its fully independent suspension, it could have been a significantly more versatile vehicle. If they would have added a fully independent suspension and an inch or two more clearance than that prototype, it could have been really capable for beaches, forest service roads, and the like.

      • 5 Years Ago
      the suzuki x-90 of this millenium! lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      To be honest, I find the Soul'ster to be far more provocative and enticing than the Soul. I don't know that I'd buy one, but at least it's a lot more attractive (especially the tail lights) than the Soul.

      All may be for naught however, if it doesn't have switchable AWD. Without AWD, it's just all for looks, and that would not be just tragic, but also lame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The VehiCross was what you're thinking of. This is the shrunken version.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Judging by the large numbers of Kia Souls I already see around here, the Soul'ster will be a very popular beach vehicle. I think it looks great.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Only soul i've seen in my area was parked in a field next to what looked like an old house....i guess the popularity is regional.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm seeing Souls everywhere (NE). The local Kia dealer has sold their entire allotment.

        I think this Soulster looks awesome. It's just what I'm looking for, that is, a small truck and or Jeep (Jeeps are expensive which leaves the Ford Ranger).

        I've test driven a Soul and they are a lot better (and bigger) than the diminutive Subaru Brat (my Dad had one of those things in the 80s).

        The Soulster will rock!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pontiac Stinger, anyone?

      Feels like the 90s all over again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      exactly what purpose does this car serve? I mean, it couldn't possibly be a serious pickup truck. You can't take this to the construction site without being laughed right out of there. You can't take it off road. You might take it to the beach sometime, but then there are other much better cars to get you there that have more space, cheaper, and doesn't make you look like you're dying for attention.
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