Autocar Quick news: Vauxhall limited editions, London Mayor tries EV taxi

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    VauxhallLimited-EDition. Vauxhall announced limited edition models of the Astra, Corsa and Insignia, while Honda starts sales of its Vezel SUV in JapanVauxhall has launched a new range of 'Limited Edition' models with higher specifications as standard. Available on the Astra, Insignia and Corsa, additions include bi-colour alloy wheels, VXR styling kits and Bluetooth connectivity, with some models also gaining tinted glass and sports seats. The firm is also offering zero per cent APR on PCP plans, and all models get lifetime / 100,000-mile warranties.
    Boris Johnson has been one of the first to drive a new range-extended electric London taxi, at its City Hall unveiling yesterday. Built by Ecotive Limited and Frazer-Nash Research, it uses a conventional engine in conjunction with an electric drivetrain to achieve over 75mpg. To hit the streets from ‘early 2014’, it has seating for six passengers, and is fully compliant with Public Carriage Office rules.
    Honda will start sales of the Vezel SUV in Japan tomorrow. The car, which was revealed at the Tokyo motor show last month, will go on sale in both petrol and hybrid variants in Japan, with European sales set to get underway in 2015. The model may not retain the Vezel name for European markets.
    Audi has confirmed that its design boss, Wolfgang Egger, will move to Italdesign Giugiaro in February. Egger, who was appointed design chief at Audi in 2007, is succeeded at the firm by Marc Lichte, who is currently in charge of exterior design at Volkswagen. The move was widely speculated earlier this month.
    Twisted is moving to a larger premises, which will enable it to triple its production output. The company, which produces modified Land Rover Defenders, will be able to increase its current output of 100 cars per year to 300 by 2016. Twisted has confirmed it will continue building the cars, even after the Defender is retired officially in 2015.