Kia had a great year in 2014. Those 12 months saw the brand set a new sales record, selling more than 580,000 vehicles over the course of the year. According to The News Wheel, that marks an 8.4 percent increase over figures in 2013
and a 4 percent jump over 2012, which was previously regarded as the company's best year.
While the Kia Optima was the brand's best-selling vehicle, moving about 159,020 models in 2014, it is the Soul that's now making headlines. Edmunds.com recently recognized the Kia Soul as one of the most popular cars of the year.
According to the website, the Soul was one of the subcompact vehicles that garnered the most attention from buyers. That popularity carried over to purchases as well. The Soul sold more than 145,000 models throughout the year, making 2014 the fifth straight year it saw its sales increase.
"That success is powerful evidence of the popularity of the Soul
and how well the Kia brand is resonating with car buyers," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Kia Motors America. "Being recognized by Edmunds.com staff and their visitors is further indication that our products offer a winning combination of world-class design, quality, technology and safety - and, of course, value."
What sets the Kia Soul apart from other, similar cars? It may be Kia's reputation for reliability. Widely considered to be one of the safest and most value-driven automakers, Kia has made a name for itself by providing models that prioritize function, comfort and affordability. Drivers of the Soul get to experience that firsthand. Its easy vehicle maintenance
and low cost of ownership make it a great choice for many different types of motorists as well.