Kia Motors Corp. begins sales of its Forte LPI hybrid-electric vehicle in South Korea on the heels of Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.’s launch last week of the Elantra LPI HEV. The two vehicles share the same mild-hybrid powertrain: A 1.6L LPI DOHC Atkinson-cycle Gamma engine that develops 114 hp and is mated to a continuously variable transmission. “The Forte LPI hybrid shares the same drivetrain as the Elantra hybrid, but we have modified the exterior and added many interior touches for the ...

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