Kia Replacing ‘Soul’ Next Year
Now, though, they are willing to try again, as according to automobilemag.com, they will be replacing the Soul next year, with an all-new model. While not many details have been shared by officials, it is very likely that the Soul - already a funky-looking car, will not change drastically, keeping the same basic shape, along with Kia’s new styling language.
We must admit to being quite curious as to what they will come up with, and seeing how much Kia has progressed as a brand, even since 2008 when the Soul was launched, the new one should be a very tough competitor for small crossovers like the Nissan Juke.
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In its first year on sale, Americans snapped up 31,621 Souls. In 2010 sales jumped to 67,100, then rose again to 102,267 last year. Through the first half of 2012, the Soul is Kia?s second-hottest vehicle in the U.S., with 63,635 units sold so far putting the model on track for record sales this year." Might want to read before you post. Never caught on. HAH!
This article isn't only meant for US readers. It refers to the impact the car had on all the markets it was sold on, as a whole. It may have been hugely successful in the US, but it failed to convince too many Europeans to buy it. In Europe it went up against cars like the DS3 and the Mini, as well as the Nissan Qashqai and others like it, and it stood no chance
Either way, the linked article still talks about the opposite of what the Author is saying..... another quote from the linked article...
Reuters also claims Kia was hoping to reach a new target of 450,000 global sales next year. That figure must be a mistake, as the company handily eclipsed that sales number already: last year Kia sold 485,492 cars in the U.S. and a total of 1.58 million worldwide.
KEYWORD in there is "GLOBAL" & "WORLDWIDE"!!
And remember only a fraction of people who own a car will adhere to a club. If that's not global, What is?
By the way, Jeremy Clarkson loved the Soul. Sales be damned.