The World Car of the Year finalists for 2013 have been shortlisted. They include the Audi A3, Land Rover Range Rover, Mazda 6, Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Peugeot 208, Porsche Boxster/Cayman, Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT 86, Volkswagen Golf and Volvo V40. The winner will be announced at the New York motor show in March.

Manganese Bronze, manufacturer of London’s black cabs, has been bought by Chinese carmaker Geely Auto. Production will be kept in the UK and the acquisition has secured jobs that were previously in jeopardy after Manganese Bronze went into administration in October.

Alfa Romeo has launched a limited edition Mito called the Quadrifoglio Verde SBK. Equipped with a 170bhp 1.4-litre MultiAir engine, it comes fitted with Bluetooth, air conditioning and rear parking sensors, along with a leather interior with carbon detailing. Only 28 examples will be sold in the UK, priced from £21,595.

Ken Ramirez has been appointed managing director of Renault UK. A former area chief for Nissan in Latin America and the Caribbean, Ramirez will be leading the launch of six new Renault and Dacia models this year.

Suzuki has launched a special edition of the Suzuki Swift supermini called the SZ-L. Based on mid-range SZ3 model, the new car adds a roof spoiler, tinted windows, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and free metallic paint. Prices start from £10,599.

Dodge has announced a new addition to its Challenger muscle car range. Based on the standard Challenger R/T, the R/T Redline features graphical detailing and 20-inch black chrome wheels for a more distinctive look. It is fitted with a 5.7-litre V8 engine developing 370bhp and 410lb ft.

Matthew Burrow