And this is why I expressed concern about building a plant in Mexico - I fear the build quality will drop.A total home run for Kia & Hyundai. Look at the company they are in for initial car quality. Amazing!
Kia Motors Corporation's Kwangju Plant 1, Korea, which produces the Kia Soul, receives the Gold Plant Quality Award in the Asia Pacific region.
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That is a worry I have too. But in all fairness I noticed the Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, which produces the Cadillac SRX garnered the Bronze award for quality for North/South America, behind 2 Canadian plants. I think that is encouraging news.And this is why I expressed concern about building a plant in Mexico - I fear the build quality will drop.
I was just like you Tampa, VERY skeptical when I went to look at the Soul. I'd done all my "homework" comparing brands, features and prices (the CX-5 & Soul were on my short list as I wanted a stick shift). I was almost sure I'd go with the Mazda, but needed to sit in the Soul & test drive it. It had me at hello.Only surprise is how high, but no surprise Kia and Hyundai have surpassed Honda and Toyota. As much as I like the CRV as an example, a very popular vehicle it does not have the fit and finish Honda has had in the past, and you can tell immediately the quality of the Soul. My wife was very skeptical when we first looked at ours, but sitting inside and the overall feel and look won her over. We felt the Honda alternatives were something short of that. (I never liked Toyota much so not considered)
To be fair, I don't consider JD powers ratings as the ultimate authority/info but it does have some credit and is a sought after award and rating.
another feature! Too bad I cant bluetooth the car occupants into that system. phone rings, radio goes quiet and the people in the car keep yakking it up! Maybe a pre recorded Kia lady yelling "Shut Up!" with a Korean flair?WOW superb is right. I just posted about yet another premium feature I realized my Soul has. (Hi fan goes to low when using the phone then goes back to high to reduce background noise) The interior won my Wife over when we bought ours and just feels like quality. I'm definitely not knocking Honda in fact that was what we thought we would be buying. I like many of their cars but when we compared it seemed to both of us the Kia line was just better and the Soul was a standout.
Hey Sheep, I was thinking the bluetooth lady could crank up the voltage in the heated seats to "stun." That will shut them up!another feature! Too bad I cant bluetooth the car occupants into that system. phone rings, radio goes quiet and the people in the car keep yakking it up! Maybe a pre recorded Kia lady yelling "Shut Up!" with a Korean flair?