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Kia Soul proving to be a worldwide hit


Just weeks after making its debut, Kia is reporting massive interest in its crossover Soul

The Kia Soul is selling so fast in Europe and the US that the Korean manufacturer cannot keep up with demand, and is planning to increase their orders by 20%.

Kia had planned on selling 40,000 Souls in the US and Canada in its first full year but are now looking at adding another 10,000 to that total. And in Europe sales of the Kia Soul are around 13% higher than predicted in its first two months, in spite of the recession that has seen car sales in general slump by more than 35%. Now Kia is considering raising targets for Soul in Europe, too.

Here in New Zealand consumer interest in the Kia brand is at an all-time high, with dealers reporting that the launch of the Soul in April is driving significantly increased numbers of people into showrooms to see the uniquely styled model, even though the car industry locally reported its worst sales month in 34 years.

“All car brands suffered in April in New Zealand, including Kia, but we are fortunate that we have two exciting new models in the Soul and Cerato that are boosting enquiries with our dealers and although it is taking longer for deals to be closed we are confident of turning the increased interest into sales,” says Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand Ltd.

“People are now talking about Kia in terms of ‘freshness’ and being a ‘design-led brand’, which is creating a real buzz that can only be good for us in the long term.”

Read our review of the Kia Soul here.

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