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Since its debut in 2008, the Kia Soul’s box design has done its job of getting people’s attention. Kia hasn’t strayed from the formula, even with the 2015 version. It may not win any sexy car awards, but maybe it doesn’t need to. Yet exactly where did Kia get the idea of a boxy car, and what benefits can it offer motorists?

In case you haven’t noticed, many of the cars you’ve seen or driven are “”boxes”” in their own right. Don’t let the curves lull you into thinking otherwise; designers use boxes as bases for their designs. Box designs refer to three principal sections: engine, passenger, and trunk. Unifying all three boxes results in a one-box design, while combining the passenger and trunk boxes results in a two-box design.