Ah, the sound of silence! That's what we have got used to with our long-term Prius. The petrol-electric hybrid has become a firm fleet favourite over the past five months, due to its uncanny ability to waft along emitting no noise whatsoever.
Entering the world of rallying is no easy task for a manufacturer. Not only do you have to pay to see drivers smash your priceless cars to pieces, you also need a good enough vehicle in the first place.
It's hard to believe that the RAV4 has been with us for a year; it seems like only last week it bounced into our car park, full of the joys of... er, autumn. So has it been a rewarding 12 months with GX52EEM? You bet.
Don't let anyone tell you young motorists have a hard time these days. Okay, so the driving test is tougher than ever, insurance premiums are stratospheric and congestion is at an all-time high, but so what?
They don't do things by halves at Renault. Never afraid to produce machines that most manufacturers would consider too radical even for a concept car, the company's reputation for innovation and individuality shows no sign of waning.
You don't need to be Mystic Meg to predict that small roadsters are going to grab all the headlines in 2003. With Smart, Ford, Citroen and Daihatsu preparing to hit the road with brand new models, buyers are going to be spoilt for choice.
There aren't many cars that can claim to have a built-in device for saving relationships. The all-new Nissan Micra, however, is one of them. Thanks to its on-board computer diary, you'll never forget that vital wedding anniversary again.
Contrary to popular opinion, the mid-Nineties was a great time to be a follower of all things motoring. Sure, there was some awful stuff around - the Mini Metro remained Britain's biggest hope for supermini success