The Soul has been a success for Kia, and a big part of that comes down to style. It's something which the Korean automaker has cultivated with a series of special editions, and this is the brand's latest.

First previewed at the New York Auto Show last year, the Red Rock Special Edition has now been confirmed for production and is available to order. Named after the famous rock formations in the American southwest, it's characterized by a shade of brown exterior paint which Kia calls Canyon, complemented by glossy black trim in the fascia and mirror housings. Inside, the black and brown theme continues, with black leather trim and brown cloth seats.

Automatic climate control and heated seats come bundled as standard in a package starting at $20,600, plus destination and taxes. Follow the jump for the full press release.
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KIA MOTORS AMERICA ANNOUNCES ITS SEVENTH SPECIAL EDITION SOUL IS INSPIRED BY THE RED ROCKS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST
Customized Red Rock Special Edition Soul Arrives at Kia Dealerships


- Unique exterior and interior color combination
- Includes automatic climate control and heated seats

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 10, 2012 – Kia Motors America (KMA) announces the seventh version in a series of unique Soul special editions. Inspired by the beautiful rock formations found in the Southwest United States, the Red Rock Special Edition Soul!1 adds style, class and unique features inside and out with a starting price of just $20,600 (2).

"The wildly popular Soul has been a game-changer for Kia since it arrived in 2009, and our series of special editions over the past three years have added individualism and exclusivity to an already fun and youthful vehicle," said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing and communications, KMA. "Style and flair are key to Soul's success, and the Red Rock Special Edition, which has plenty of both, will help drive sales into 2012."

Unveiled at last year's New York auto show, the Red Rock Special Edition concept toured the
U.S., allowing KMA to gauge consumer reaction. Due to popular demand, the concept has become a reality and is now available at Kia dealerships. The production model includes a number of unique features designed to set it apart from other Soul variants. Most evident is the lustrous Canyon exterior color. Other Red Rock Special Edition exterior features include high-gloss black front fascia and mirror housings. The interior is adorned with exclusive black leather trim and brown cloth seats. Standard amenities include automatic climate control and heated front seats, all combining to make the Red Rock Special Edition a truly special Soul!

About the 2012 Soul
Refreshed for the 2012 model year, the Kia Soul has been fine-tuned with a significant number of technological, powertrain and style enhancements. The 2012 Soul delivers class-leading horsepower (3) and significantly improved fuel efficiency of up to 35 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway (4). Kia Motors' hatchback remains a class-leading value with the lowest starting price of its competitive set at $13,900 MSRP (5). Later this model year, Soul also will be the first among its competitors to offer the fuel-saving ISG technology, which turns off the engine when the vehicle is not in motion, such as at a stop light or in traffic.

Kia's Unprecedented Growth
Kia Motors is the one of the world's fastest moving global automotive brands; from 2009-2011 Kia launched more new vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker, and under the guidance of chief design officer, Peter Schreyer, earned a reputation as an industry leader in automotive styling. Kia Motors America's full line of fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive cars and CUVs has earned critical acclaim and dramatically increased consumer awareness, perception and consideration for the brand. In 2011, KMA recorded its 17th consecutive year of market share growth, thanks in part to the largest increase of any major brand in perceived quality (6) and the industry's highest brand loyalty ranking (7). Kia's U.S.-based manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia – KMMG – is responsible for the creation of more than 10,000 plant and supplier jobs and builds the company's two best-selling vehicles in the U.S. – the Sorento CUV and Optima midsize sedan (8). Kia's value and technology-laden 2012 model year lineup also includes the Sportage compact CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Optima Hybrid, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, all-new Rio and Rio 5-door subcompacts and Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in
Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 755 dealers throughout the United States and serves as the "Official Automotive Partner of the NBA." In 2011, KMA recorded its best-ever annual sales total and became one of the fastest growing car companies in the U.S. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, advanced safety features and new technologies.

Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available at its website –
www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com.

1 Special edition Soul vehicles will have limited availability while supplies last. Vehicles will not be available in all regions. See your local Kia retailer for details.
2 MSRP excludes $750 destination and handling fee, title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.
3 Class-leading horsepower claim based on comparisons to 2012 compact wagons as of January 2012.
4 2012 EPA fuel economy estimates for Soul Base 1.6L GDI engine are 27/city and 35/hwy MPG. Actual mileage will vary.
5 Class-leading claim based on comparisons to 2012 compact wagons as of January 2012. Starting prices are manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), MSRP
excludes $750 destination and handling fee, title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.
6 Source: Automotive Lease Guide Spring 2011 Perceived Quality Study
7 Source: Experian Automotive Q2 2011 market analysis
8 Optima Hybrid is not built at KMMG


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      en WyCe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lazy photographer. First close-up of rims has logo upside-down.
      axiomatik
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, this certainly seems to be more attractive than some of their other "Special Editions". I saw a White Tiger Soul recently, and man was that silly looking. Just made me think of Siegfried & Roy.
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      natron3030
      • 2 Years Ago
      AWD and a beefier suspension and this thing would be a wave maker. As is now? Not really.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks good.
      You guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      +AWD And you'd have a winner.
      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those seats? Really? While I love the exterior color and two tone interior, it seems like they just decided to say ok brown up toooooooo here. And now black.
      Angel Rodriguez
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought this a few days ago and LOVE it. Mine actually has a spoiler on top which isnt displayed in the pictures. Everyone that has seen the car has complimented it. The color in the picture doesnt do it justice. Even the woman at the drive through yesterday said she loved the color of my car, as well as the inurance woman, my boyfriend, everyone I work with and random thumbs ups on the street. Great car and I look foward to driving it all the time!
      rosetojordan 123
      • 2 Years Ago
      AWD would be cool, but what this baby really needs is Turbo! I know they've upgraded the engine since it first came out, but I test drove it back then and it was sooo sluggish
      Zcd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ironic - we ended up with a Shadow (black) one because nobody could tell us when/if this color was actually going to be released. It was the color featured in all the 2012 model-change announcement photos, but nobody had any idea why, since it wasn't in the brochure.... Oh well - we really like the car anyway...
      nedsabbagh
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have had mine for a month and it is a fun car to drive and a great deal for the money. I had the seats and door panels done in 2 tone leather and it looks like a $50,000 car. I get compliments all the time. The exterior color is really beautiful in person the pictures do not do it justice.
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