When the South Korean government this week named three hybrid-electric vehicles that qualify for big tax breaks beginning July 1, Kia Motors Corp.’s upcoming Forte LPI hybrid was not on the list – even though it shares a powertrain with one of the qualifying cars. The Honda Civic Hybrid, Lexus RX 450h and Hyundai Avante LPI hybrid, a sister model to the Forte, all made the Korean Ministry of Knowledge’s tax-break cut. But Kia officials are not worried about the snub. “The Forte LPI ...

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