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With the 2014 Soul still in the testing phase, it sounds like Kia is planning to add an all-electric variant to its quirky hatchback's lineup. There aren't any solid details about the Kia Soul EV, but Autocar is reporting that the Korean automaker has confirmed this information and test mules have already been spotted near the company's Russelsheim, Germany technical HQ.

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Word from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show was that dividing lines would form in the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, with Kia to focus solely on electric vehicles and Hyundai to develop plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.

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Automotive News is reporting that Kia has announced plans to focus its efforts on building quality products instead of expanding its current line to fill every niche or broadening its manufacturing capabilities. The company's co-CEO, Lee Sam-ung, said that Kia doesn't plan to build any new manufacturing facilities any time in the near future. That news came in the face of concerns that limited production capability may hinder future growth, but Sam-ung said that global demand for vehicles is exp

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2011 Kia Optima – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Hyundai Blueon unveiled in South Korea – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Hyundai i10 electric – Click above for high-res image

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The Kia Picanto is certainly not one of those models that immediately rings a bell for us, because it's not offered here in the states. Internationally though, the Picanto is a hot seller and one of Kia's cheapest vehicles in many of its markets. In many ways, the Picanto is closely related to Hyundai's i10, a vehicle which we know a little more about.

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