Recent articles by Mike Rutherford

Opinion new cars

“It’s optional extras that car buyers need to think about carefully”

2 Oct, 2015

Too often new car buyers don’t think about optional extras - and that’s a big mistake, says Mike Rutherford

Opinion British cars

“The door’s left open for makers to find cheaper land & workers abroad”

26 Sep, 2015

No other nation would display 50 per cent of its flag when promoting its products, says Mike Rutherford - why is Britain?

Opinion JLR

“A win, win, win situation is possible for JLR at World Car Awards”

18 Sep, 2015

For the first time, Jaguar Land Rover is going for gold at the World Car Awards and the Germans should be worried, says Mike Rutherford

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2016 World Car of the Year awards nominations revealed at Frankfurt

15 Sep, 2015

German and Japanese firms dominate World car of the Year 2016 nominations, but Jaguar, Bentley and Land Rover make strong Brit showing

Opinion SsangYong

“I love SsangYong’s determination to deliver good value for money”

11 Sep, 2015

Mike Rutherford thinks SsangYong is, in many respects, enjoying great success thanks to the likes of Hyundai and Kia moving upmarket

Opinion dealers

“The franchised new car garage as we know it is wrong”

4 Sep, 2015

The customer experience and business models of tired, traditional franchised dealers need a revolution, says Mike Rutherford

Opinion factory

“Maybe if UK had someone like Trump, MG Rover wouldn’t have crashed & burned”

28 Aug, 2015

Mike Rutherford can’t get a straight answer on official view on Brit-based car makers building plants overseas and hiring workers there


"Supermarkets are at war - and you're merely a pawn in the game"

21 Aug, 2015

Low supermarket fuel prices aren’t about being generous to drivers, says Mike Rutherford

Opinion bad dealers VW

“Car companies spend fortunes attracting customers - only to handle them atrociously”

14 Aug, 2015

As Driver Power reveals, big brands need to stop the arrogance and deliver better quality service, says Mike Rutherford

Opinion London super car 'asbos'

“Owners contribute thousands to Treasury, but politicians want ‘supercar Asbos’”

7 Aug, 2015

Local authorities want crackdown on ‘anti-social’ supercar owners, despite providing support for UK economy says Mike Rutherford


"The world’s number one vehicle producer needs the world’s number one designer"

31 Jul, 2015

Toyota is celebrating 50 successful years in Britain, but columnist Mike Rutherford thinks it needs some new blood

Opinion London Motor Show

“I’m confident the London Motor Show will be a sell-out success”

24 Jul, 2015

The London Motor Show is set to be one of the UK’s great car-related events that's not to be missed, says Mike Rutherford

Opinion traffic

“It’s only a matter of time before a major UK city or town bans all private cars”

17 Jul, 2015

Motorists are being squeezed out of busy towns and cities - and politicians are to blame, says Mike Rutherford

Opinion rail roads

"Turn Britain's defunct rail routes into new roads with cycle lanes"

10 Jul, 2015

Disused railway lines are usually broad enough for a bike path, a no overtaking car lane and a hard shoulder

Opinion tyres

“Think long and hard about bargain-basement tyres”

3 Jul, 2015

Buyers think less about tyres than baby seats, airbags and braking systems, says Mike Rutherford - but they’re just as important

Opinion Rutherford

“My Young Adult Cancer Trust charity van is a true one-off”

24 Jun, 2015

Mike Rutherford now has a van he thinks could become a venue for blood tests, screening and more to raise awareness of cancer-related issues

OPINION potholes

"If motorists are so reluctant to put up a fight, the politicians will continue beating us with a stick"

19 Jun, 2015

Driver lethargy is the reason why our roads are underfunded, says columnist Mike Rutherford


"Reports of the death of the motorist are greatly exaggerated"

12 Jun, 2015

The growth of driverless cars doesn't mean the end of the motor industry, says columnist Mike Rutherford


“The 20-year warranty is available in the US, and it could be bound for the UK”

5 Jun, 2015

On a recent trip, Mike Rutherford visited a Miami auto mall to find a 20-year warranty on offer. Could it be coming to the UK?


"Toyota has put one over the VW Group when it comes to earning a shilling"

29 May, 2015

Mike Rutherford is impressed by hugely profitable Toyota, with it small number of brands beating VW's wide range

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