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Kia Previews Green Cars for Paris Auto Show

The Soul hybrid is a concept, and it uses a 1.6-liter engine and a 15-kw electric motor. It also has stop/start technology and regenerative braking.

Published: 30-Sep-2008

Paris will be the city of Soul for Kia next week.

Kia is showing the production model of the spunky, five-door hatchback, as well as a hybrid Soul concept. The company also will show a hybrid concept based on a European model, the cee’d.

The Soul is Kia’s much-anticipated small vehicle, and it plans to build 136,000 for sale around the world. About 50,000 are expected to come to North America.

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