Kia confirms 2009 U.S. launch for Soul hatchback
The information comes from an inside source that revealed to AutoWeek the new five-seater that production will start in December at a Kia plant in China, although U.S.-spec models will likely be sourced from a South Korean plant. Suh Sung-moon, an analyst at Korea Investment & Securities, also confirmed a 2009 U.S. launch for the Soul.
The production version of the Soul is scheduled to make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in October before initially going on sale in South Korea in early 2009. It should feature a 2.0L petrol engine with drive sent to the front wheels.