03/06/2014 (press release: CambridgePRGroup) // Elgin, Ill. // Rosen Kia of Elgin
It is one thing to buy a cheap vehicle, but quite another to purchase an inexpensive vehicle that keeps providing value after it leaves the dealership lot. The 2014 Kia Soul urban crossover was recently one of only two models on the market to make About.com’s list of the Least Expensive Cars of 2014 and the site’s Best New Cars of 2014.
To be considered for the About.com Best New Cars of 2014 list, vehicles were required to be either new or significantly redesigned, and only 12 models made the final cut. The redesigned 2014 Soul earned a spot on the list for retaining its signature boxy style and affordable pricing, while gaining a more “expensive” feel on the road with its upgraded underpinnings. Featuring a 29 percent increase in torsional body rigidity, a revised suspension system and a chassis with a 66 percent composition of either ultra-high- or high-strength steel, the new Soul provides a more comfortable and responsive ride than its predecessor.
“The new Kia Soul is still instantly recognizable out on the road, but it now offers bolder styling cues, a smoother ride and more precise handling,” said Scott Levy, general manager of Rosen Kia of Elgin, a Kia dealer in Illinois. “You’d be hard-pressed to find another vehicle as affordable as the Soul that has also earned so much critical acclaim.”
Kia is using its popular Soul as the vessel for its first foray into the U.S. electric-vehicle market, unveiling the all-new 2015 Kia Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show last month in advance of the model’s on-sale date in the third quarter of this year. Housing an energy-dense lithium-ion polymer battery that fits conveniently under the vehicle’s floor, the Soul EV is expected to achieve a range of 80 to 100 miles. Efficiency is further improved by Kia’s third-generation regenerative braking system, which captures up to 12 percent of the Soul EV’s kinetic energy and transfers it back into the battery. When it comes time to replenish the battery, charging can take as long as 24 hours with a 120-volt outlet, but less than five hours with a 240-volt outlet, and as quickly as 33 minutes for an 80 percent charge with a 50-kilowatt-output charger.
About Rosen Kia of Elgin:
Having served local Illinois drivers for years, Rosen Kia of Elgin offers a wide selection of stylish, affordable Kia vehicles that are backed by the dealership’s expert sales and service teams. Whether Chicagoland Kia buyers prefer the award-winning Optima sedan or the versatile Sorento crossover SUV, customers at Rosen Kia of Elgin benefit from a friendly, no-hassle sales environment and prompt, thorough maintenance. Visit their Kia dealership in person at 845 East Chicago St. in Elgin, contact their team at 847-268-7574 or browse their entire inventory online at www.rosenkiaelgin.com. They can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RosenKiaElgin.