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If there's one thing that Lotus Cars does well, it is building fantastically balanced cars. What many don't realize is that Lotus also works behind the scenes for many larger automakers (Chrysler, GM, Toyota, and Ford, to name a few) designing and tuning some of the most excellent powerplants and chassis in the business. Kia Motors seems to have taken notice, because the Korean automaker is working with Lotus to tune the suspension setup of its future models, starting with the Kia Soul.

Lotus will be specifically working to tune the Kias' suspensions for British roads. According to an interview in UK magazine CAR, "the changes are designed to stop harshness getting into the cabin, while giving improved steering feel on high frequency undulations. They also give the car more poise, and prevent the car using the whole suspension range over bumps."

It looks like Kia is looking to really step up the quality of its model lineup, much in the same way its parent company Hyundai recently has. Hopefully, some of that Lotus finesse will trickle down to U.S. bound Kias as new models are made available.

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Kia brings in Lotus to give their suspension some Soul



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In addition to making its own sportscars that are renowned for their sublime handling, Lotus has helped a wide variety of other automakers - Dodge, Ford, Isuzu, Talbot, Tesla, Toyota, and Vauxhall to name a few - adjust the suspensions on their cars to Lotus standards. Kia is slated to become the next to benefit from the combined experience of Lotus' chassis experts, as the Korean automaker recently contracted the services of the British engineering firm.

The first car to benefit from Lotus' input will be the new Kia Soul, but the partnership is slated to extend to all of the Korean brand's future models. Although reports suggest that the collaboration is earmarked specifically towards setting up Kia products for British roads, we certainly hope that Lotus can help Kia's ride and handling dynamics across the board. This isn't the first time Lotus and Kia have collaborated, either, as Kia sold rebadged versions of the Elan for a couple of years after Lotus discontinued the model in 1995.

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I sat in one today. It was really cheap feeling. VERY roomy for what it is. I would not like to have my family in one of them. Very little room for any kind of crumple zones. Even if they make a sturdy pod, the damage to occupants will still be pretty rough. IE, car does not crumple, occupants absorb the force.

The Chevy Beat is the same way. NO WAY I ever buy one of those. Maybe if everyone is driving Micro cars, but with trucks still on the highway, no thanks.

By the way, the Chevy Cruze looks really nice in person. HUGE upgrade over the COBALT, especially the interior. Very similar to a Mazda 3.
 
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