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    Senior Soul Cits4K9's Avatar
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    '14 ! WholeShabang SolarYellow
    Seen a few ! with S&S package as the most loaded one. Concord Kia (SF Bay Area, Calif) has several Souls. They traded the Blue ! with Sun & Sound for a Solar Yellow ! with S&S that was "ordered" & sold. I did get to see the Yellow drive up and the sales people were excited to see the "new" color. The white looks more mature / expensive but think I will wait it out for the Yellow and put white hood stripe...not sure if that would look ok with the moonroof though.
    Exclaim with Sun and Sound: Still no 2014's in Alien II Green-kia-soul_exclaim-ss.jpg

    Plus with Primo Package...two tone interior Still no 2014's in Alien II Green-kia-soul_plus-loaded.jpg

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    2014 Solar Yellow Kia Soul!
    I don't know about other markets, but my dealer in the Richmond Virginia area explained to me that when they got the OK to start ordering Souls, they had a 2 week window where they could order base models, then they could order Plus models for 2 weeks, and then finally they could order Exclaims. I stopped by there on Saturday to see the new green color in person and found out that they finally got an Exclaim - solar yellow with the whole shebang just like mine. It was still around back waiting to get prepped to go out on the lot.

    I've been looking on cars.com every now and then to see what's out there. I also have seen no alien II or red Souls anywhere.

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    2014 Exclaim WS Alien II
    There has been 1 Exclaim with the Whole Shebang delivered to Phoenix, it was Yellow and sold the first couple of days it was on the lot. there has not been another delivered and I am communicating with 5 dealers within 50 miles of me. I still have an open claim number with Kia USA and hopefully they can come up with a solid delivery date soon. She is checking the bill of lading on the ships as they are loaded and leave port.

    When you use the Kia website you can search dealer inventory up to a 1000 mile radius from any zip code you input, its really nice to see what is available that quickly even though nobody has what I am looking for. Myself, I would get the Yellow, the wife wants the Alien II Green so she wins. I had a canary yellow Datsun back in the early 70's and and a yellow Chevy Luv in the 80's and really like bright yellow.
    Last edited by AZDesertRat; 12-17-2013 at 12:53 PM.

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    '14 ! Blue; '12 Base Alien A/T
    Kia has got to have the screwiest distribution system of any car manufacturer. It is not that just the strikes affected it adversely, this has been going on year after year. It is like they buy a batch of paint but only in a few colors and make the run, then order another batch when that runs out in whatever is available. In manufacturing this method is not unheard of to keep costs down by running shelf stock for a future period of time. But with a high demand item like a car with a traditionally fluid market, it make no sense. These are not connector plugs or small little parts and the such.

    Dollars will get you donuts that the Forte 5 goes through the same crap. Just wait until spring and everything will be full up, maybe.
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    2012 Soul 4u, 2L AT UVO (Mint)
    ......obviously you haven't seen Kia's production line





    check out this video and you will see what they do regarding the paint process.
    Birth of a Kia Optima - YouTube
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    2010 ! Alien, Auto
    Great video!!!! Thanks for sharing!
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    PLEASE - MAKE IT EASIER FOR US TO ANSWER QUESTIONS BY FILLING OUT YOUR DRIVES AND LOCATION PROFILES.

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    '14 ! Blue; '12 Base Alien A/T
    Quote Originally Posted by conwelpic View Post
    ......obviously you haven't seen Kia's production line
    My comment was not directed at how they build them but what they are building. First of all the Optima's assembly line in NA has nothing to do with how the Soul may be built in Korea and I am not disputing that they can and do build efficiently and well. What I was directing it at was the "run" that they are making (which is also influenced by a marketing strategy), or what is it that is coming out of the front end of the build process. It seems, at least for the US, that they limit the colors and option levels to a few at a time, not the entire range offered in the marketing specs. Lets not forget that most of these cars are aimed at a world market and not just one or two countries. That is a tall order and restructuring an assembly line as little as possible between country specs is essential to keeping costs down.

    If they put a plant for Souls in the US or Canada, for example, it may be that our markets for Soul would be more diverse and timely. But being influenced by what is an allocation scheme for each country has to put someone at a disadvantage somewhere. Even in Canada, the Soul did not go on sale at the same time it did in the US. That has to be influenced by the market share for the car line as well. Not very fair to Canadian buyers.

    But based on how the cars and their option levels are showing up, it would appear that they are using a limited production run mentality, i.e., all base MT models, then base AT models, then Plus with ECO packages, then Plus basic, then Plus with Sound package, etc. Eventually enough stock begins to build up in the supply line but the end result is that they end users get frustrated awaiting for a particular option scheme to show up. For example, I asked for them to notify me when a Plus comes on line with just the UVO package at least two months ago. Has not happened, but every other combo seems to have shown up somewhere other than here. Then there is the lack of selection in some markets. I don't know enough to know exactly what is going on with every market, but it seems like in this area, the local dealer is not handling the range of what is available. I don't know why, but I do know that I will not drive to the Indiana dealer to buy a car that should be available in Louisville. Why, because it is too close and I do not want to have to return to Indiana for service work when I would then have to pass two dealer lots here.

    The lack of being able to order a specific configuration from the plant in Kia's scheme frustrates this somewhat also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by conwelpic View Post
    ......obviously you haven't seen Kia's production line





    check out this video and you will see what they do regarding the paint process.
    Birth of a Kia Optima - YouTube
    Ah ha!!!

    They used all the Alien paint on the floors!! None for the cars now.
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    2014 Exclaim WS Alien II
    I see that, the left side of the yellow line is the old alien green and the right side is the new alien II ! Must have used it all up....
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    Multiple, no Soul yet
    Just checked two of my local dealers (Columbia, SC) and they have 2 base, 13 plus and 3 exclaim.

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