21 November 2008


Kia reveals Borrego and Soul at Los Angeles Auto Show

21 November 2008 | Kia's Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) program takes a major technological step forward today with the global unveiling of the all-new Kia Borrego (known as 'Mohave' in some markets) FCEV at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The Kia Soul has now gone full circle: originally designed in California, the production version is unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show as Kia continues to develop into a design led brand. It will go on sale in the US in March 2009.

Numerous innovations including a higher output 154 horsepower fuel cell and a new 450-volt Supercapacitor give the Borrego FCEV higher performance, a greatly extended driving range and cold-weather starting capability to operate in sub-zero temperatures.


Available with two and three tank systems with 70MPa pressure, the Borrego FCEV's power plant is located under the center floor and boasts an additional 47 horsepower of power to produce a peak output of 154 horsepower (a 44-percent increase compared to the previous generation) and propel the vehicle to a top speed of 161 kph while boasting a best-in-class system efficiency of 62 percent. With a 202-liter hydrogen storage tank located underneath the vehicle and ahead of the rear wheels, this latest Kia Motors research vehicle has a range of around 685 km.

The US specification Soul will be available in four trim levels – Soul, Soul+, Soul!, and Soul sport. The range enjoys a host of street-cool features including body colored bumpers, privacy glass, sport-tuned suspension, a rear spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels.


The Soul's interior design is decidedly influenced by the car's audio system, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, MP3 capability, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, USB and iPod connectivity and a 315-watt sound system with external amplifier, trunk mounted sub-woofer and dash mounted centre speaker will all be available.

Soul will be powered by a pair of gasoline engines in the USA. A 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, mated to a five-speed manual transmission, produces 120 bhp and a 2.0-litre with a five speed manual or four speed auto transmission, offers 140 bhp. Both engines return around 30 mpg.

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