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Country of origin:South Korea
Produced in:2008
Introduced at:2008 Paris Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:September 29, 2008
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Click here to download printer friendly versionSeven versions of the all-new Kia Soul urban crossover passenger car will star in a special 'Soul World' as the new segment-busting vehicle makes its world debut at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile from 2 October 2008.

The eagerly awaited Kia Soul marks a revolutionary expansion of the Kia product line-up. A bold statement of Kia's determination to succeed as one of the world's top automotive companies, Kia Soul is destined to appeal to a whole new group of European and global consumers.

Alongside the new Soul - which will arrive in UK showrooms during Spring 2009 - will be a raft of new environmental-focused vehicles including a hybrid version of Soul, a cee'd hybrid, a latest-generation fuel-cell powered Sportage and a cee'd 'Idle Stop&Go' car, which is due to go on sale in the New Year.

The Kia display in Paris will also feature a 'Green Zone' where the Kia cee'd ISG, Soul Hybrid, cee'd Hybrid and Sportage 'Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle' (FCEV) will represent the latest results of the corporation's continuing and massive investment in eco-friendly technologies for the future. Moving forward from research vehicles to production vehicles, Kia Motors will progressively introduce 'eco-friendly' technologies across its model range from 2009 onwards.

One of the first 'eco-friendly' technologies to transfer from concept to reality will be Kia's new ISG (Idle Stop&Go) system which makes its world premiere at Paris and will be available on Kia cee'd petrol models from early 2009. The innovative ISG system automatically switches the engine off - when the car is stopped in heavy traffic - and on again when traffic moves, cutting fuel consumption and emissions by up to 15 per cent in typical city driving conditions.

Also making their world premieres at Paris are the Kia cee'd Hybrid and the Kia Soul Hybrid concept cars. The Soul Hybrid concept comes complete with a panoramic powered folding fabric roof, plus a transparent bonnet and floor, so the new hybrid powertrain and battery pack can be viewed by show visitors.

This Soul Hybrid features Kia's Gamma 1.6-litre petrol engine, mated to a 15 kW, 105 Nm AC synchronised electric motor, Kia's own CVT (continuously variable transmission), ISG (Idle Stop&Go) and 'regenerative braking' to re-charge its power pack. The prototype is designed to achieve a fuel consumption of 57.6 mpg and a CO2 figure of 117 g/km.

The Kia cee'd Hybrid has been created by Kia R&D to take part in 'real-world' test activities in Europe. Like the Soul Hybrid, the cee'd uses an upgraded powertrain with a 1.6-litre engine and 15 kW electric motor. Environmental performance targets are 58.9 mpg and a CO2 figure of 114 g/km.

As part of Kia Motors Corporation's continuing FCEV programme, the Kia Sportage FCEV is undergoing constant testing and evaluation. Now, Kia has transported this hard working prototype to Europe and it makes its European premiere at Paris.

Intensive research has resulted in numerous technical innovations, including a higher output 100kW (136 PS) fuel cell and a new lithium ion polymer 152 volt battery pack, which give the Sportage FCEV higher performance, a greatly extended 300 km driving range and a cold weather start-up capability to operate in sub-zero temperatures. The Sportage FCEV is equipped with hydrogen-powered fuel cells and a next-generation drive train, electric motor and control unit developed in-house by Kia.

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