I enquired from Kia Australia why I didn't see many Kia Souls on the road and received the following e mail in response on 17/6/2012
Thank you for contacting Kia Motors Australia.
The Kia Soul is a very low volume model for this market, Kia Motors Australia have a production allocation of between 35 and 40 cars nationally a month. All Soul models entering the country are pre-allocated to kia dealers who have placed an order on the forward ordering system and there is very little free stock if any.
my question to my "soul mates" is this >>> is some one more likely to buy a rare vehicle with the remainder of a warranty or shy away from a rare veichle if there is no warranty left
obviously the answer would influence when and how I dispose of my beloved kia soul at some time in the futur