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Soul ranked highest in its segment in Strategic Vision’s Total Quality Index study

Fun and funky urban passenger vehicle takes top spot among small multi-function vehicles Soul recognized by veteran consumer research-based consultancy, Strategic Vision New car buyers selected Kia’s urban transport based on quality perceptions and ownership experience Kia Motors America (KMA) has been one of the fastest-growing car companies in the U.S. over the last five … Continued

Fun and funky urban passenger vehicle takes top spot among small multi-function vehicles

  • Soul recognized by veteran consumer research-based consultancy, Strategic Vision
  • New car buyers selected Kia’s urban transport based on quality perceptions and ownership experience

Kia Motors America (KMA) has been one of the fastest-growing car companies in the U.S. over the last five years1, and its edgy urban passenger vehicle, the Soul – a key factor in that growth – was recently named to Strategic Vision’s 2013 list of Total Quality Vehicles. The list, compiled after consulting with new car buyers, reveals the fierce competition between brands to improve quality and win customer loyalty. The Soul was chosen by consumers as the leader in the small multi-function segment after receiving the highest Total Quality Index® (TVI) score.

“Since its release in 2009, the Soul has been a prime example of Kia’s commitment to providing our customers with vehicles that feature world-class design, inspired driving dynamics and cutting-edge technology, all at an impressive value,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. “The Soul being named as a Strategic Vision ‘Total Quality’ vehicle really illustrates how far the Kia brand has come in a relatively short period of time.”

New vehicles were evaluated by 17,000 buyers who purchased 2013 models from September to November 2012.  These owners were surveyed to designate Strategic Vision’s 14th annual Total Quality leaders. “Kia Soul being a leader in this segment is substantial, as the ‘Small Car Multi-Function’ segment is highly competitive and really requires that the leader have a great emotional impact on owners along with its superior quality features.  Kia Soul provided all of this and more, as customers reported in our comprehensive study,” stated Alexander Edwards, president of Strategic Vision.

About the 2013 Soul
The 2013 model year Soul features technology and styling upgrades, bringing a new level of cool with enhanced power and efficiency. New for 2013 are power-folding side mirrors, darkened chrome around the signature grille, upgraded leather on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, standard Bluetooth®2 wireless technology with steering wheel-mounted controls, standard steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and cruise control. The Soul now offers Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology as part of the Eco Package which senses when the vehicle is stopped and shuts off the engine to maximize efficiency and results in reduced engine load and less fuel consumption.

 

 

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