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492012 Kia Soul 1.6L Eco

Proving "Base" Means Anything But These Days

33How Kia built its show-stopping Track'ster concept

We'll admit it: We're totally smitten with the Kia Track'ster Concept that debuted at last week's Chicago Auto Show. And it's not just because we like the idea of a 250-horsepower, all-wheel-drive hot hatch from Korea, it's because this concept shows bits and pieces of what the next-generation Soul could look like, including a possible three-door configuration. Kia, however, has no immediate plans to send the Track'ster into production. In fact, specific elements like the turbocharged engine don

17Kia start/stop system delayed due to poor feedback from media

The come-hither 2012 Kia Rio has been bolting off dealer lots for obvious reasons that go beyond its $14,350 price. One of its noteworthy features for the U.S. market, especially for the segment, is stop/start, which Kia calls ISG for Idle, Stop & Go. Media feedback, however, has convinced Kia that ISG is not quite ready for prime time, so it's been sent back to the engineers for tweaks.

79AdSpotting: Kia and LMFAO introduce new Soul

Company: Kia Motors America

892012 Kia Soul [w/video]

Front Runner Improves On All Fronts

532012 Kia Soul priced under $14,000, start/stop coming later in year

The Kia Soul, otherwise known as Korea's answer to the Scion xB and Nissan Cube, has sold 65,118 units so far this year, close to twice as many as last year, and is now consistently racking up sales every month of over 10,000 units. The refreshed 2012 model will throw gasoline on the fire with updated engines, styling tweaks and new infotainment options, and Kia has confirmed it won't be messing too much with one of the Soul's best selling points: its low price.

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