Chris Rosamond

Current affairs and features editor Chris covers all aspects of motoring life for Auto Express, including the latest consumer-related news stories on topics as varied as accessibility, sustainability and future mobility, new technology, car crime, policing, roads policy, insurance and taxation.

He also writes or commissions many of the varied motoring lifestyle stories and industry articles and features that appear in Auto Express, bringing to readers a wealth of automotive insight and expertise garnered over a long career. Chris has contributed news and car reviews to brands such as Autocar, WhatCar?, PistonHeads, Goodwood and The Motor Trader, as well as his many ad hoc contributions to national daily newspapers and international automotive news titles.

Chris says…

"These are fascinating times to be reporting on the car industry and car culture as a whole, as the car industry and society in general begins to pivot towards EV technology – too fast for some, and not soon enough for others. Whatever your view on the pace of change, Auto Express takes pride in being at the forefront of the breaking news agenda, and it’s a privilege to be part of a team that includes so many highly experienced and influential colleagues whose collective expertise brings such depth and insight to the automotive news agenda."

Chris’ main areas of expertise

  • Sustainability and future mobility

  • Government roads and transport policy

  • The Driver Power consumer satisfaction index.

Chris Rosamond Q&A… 

Q: What was your first car?

A: Either a 1963 Vauxhall Cresta PB or a 1967 Plymouth Barracuda fastback, both acquired around the time I passed my driving test. £60 and £75 respectively, and both runners!

Q: What is your dream car?

A: Today I’d like a 1964 Cadillac Coupe DeVille convertible, please, or a 1930s Alfa 8C Le Mans.

Q: If you could change one thing about cars, driving or the car industry today what would it be? 

A: I’d wind the clock back to the summer of 1973, just before the first oil crisis hit. Empty roads, cheap gas and fabulous cars.

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e-mail: chris_rosamond@autovia.co.uk
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Electric car tax cuts needed to boost sales, says SMMT
BMW i5 - front static
News

Electric car tax cuts needed to boost sales, says SMMT

The Chancellor is under pressure to slash VAT on new EVs to provide a ‘fair tax for a fair transition’
1 Mar 2024
UK road maintenance work slashed by almost half in five years
Road resurfacing
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UK road maintenance work slashed by almost half in five years

Council road repairs are down by 45 per cent compared to 2017/18, the latest data shows
24 Feb 2024
Best cars for £2,000 or less
Best cars for £2,000 or less - header image
Best cars & vans

Best cars for £2,000 or less

A tight budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. Here are some great used cars available for £2,000 or less
23 Feb 2024
6,600 arrested in police annual drug and drink driving purge
Drink driving
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6,600 arrested in police annual drug and drink driving purge

The Police ‘Op Limit’ campaign over xmas 2023 resulted in 6,616 arrests, with 14 per cent of over 50,000 tests showing positive results
22 Feb 2024
Half of electric car drivers have a petrol or diesel car as back-up
Tesla Model 3 and BMW 3 Series
News

Half of electric car drivers have a petrol or diesel car as back-up

A survey shows that half of EV drivers also have a petrol or diesel car and most have no plan to get rid of it and they favour it on longer journeys
22 Feb 2024
Banned car number plates: the 24-reg numbers too rude for the roads
Number plates
News

Banned car number plates: the 24-reg numbers too rude for the roads

The DVLA has revealed its list of new-for-2024 number plates judged too saucy for the streets, and there are plenty of potential shockers on the banne…
21 Feb 2024
Don’t hand over new car deposits until you’re ready, says industry watchdog
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Don’t hand over new car deposits until you’re ready, says industry watchdog

The motor ombudsman has issued a timely warning as the new number plate sales rush looms this March
21 Feb 2024

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Government in major U-turn on pick-up truck tax changes
Ford Ranger - side
News

Government in major U-turn on pick-up truck tax changes

HMRC scraps its plan to axe the benefit-in-kind ‘loophole’ for pick-ups, a week after announcing it
19 Feb 2024
Never-ending backlog predicted as 5m learner drivers fight for 1.8m driving test slots in 2024
Crumpled up L-plate
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Never-ending backlog predicted as 5m learner drivers fight for 1.8m driving test slots in 2024

Without an increase in driving test capacity learner drivers face more long waits for test slots, and there’s no end to the delays in sight
19 Feb 2024
Can Saharan solar power drive the hydrogen car revolution?
Solar panels in Shara Desert
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Can Saharan solar power drive the hydrogen car revolution?

We take a Skoda Enyaq EV to the Sahara via the world’s biggest concentrating solar power station for a glimpse at potential future of green hydrogen p…
15 Feb 2024
Car theft “essentially decriminalised” by police charge rate under 1.5%
Thief breaking into car
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Car theft “essentially decriminalised” by police charge rate under 1.5%

Official stats reveal London’s Met Police have a shockingly low charge rate for car theft of just 0.69 per cent
8 Feb 2024
London ULEZ claims ‘misleading’, says UK advertising watchdog
ULEZ sign
News

London ULEZ claims ‘misleading’, says UK advertising watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has responded to high numbers of complaints about Transport for London claims for the ULEZ
8 Feb 2024
Jaguar Land Rover pays for more police at UK ports to curb exports of stolen cars
Ships at port
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Jaguar Land Rover pays for more police at UK ports to curb exports of stolen cars

The Range Rover maker spends ‘several hundred thousand pounds’ in effort to thwart stolen car exports from the UK
7 Feb 2024
BMW and MG electric car adverts banned over ‘zero emissions’ claims
BMW i4 - front tracking
News

BMW and MG electric car adverts banned over ‘zero emissions’ claims

Advertising Standards Authority follows up its ban on misleading WLTP range figures with a new consumer-focused ruling on EVs.
7 Feb 2024
Electric car incentives are essential to cut prices and drive UK to net-zero
Kia EV9 charging
News

Electric car incentives are essential to cut prices and drive UK to net-zero

House of Lords inquiry sets out measures required to keep EV switchover on track
6 Feb 2024
One million electric vehicles sold in the UK: milestone passed amid concern over private buyer uptake
1 million EVs graphic
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One million electric vehicles sold in the UK: milestone passed amid concern over private buyer uptake

Fleet sales continue to drive the EV transition, as private buyers hang on to their petrol and diesel cars
5 Feb 2024
Car makers are killing the spare wheel but motorists really want them
Person lifting a spare wheel out of a car's boot
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Car makers are killing the spare wheel but motorists really want them

More than 80 percent of drivers want a spare wheel in the boot, but it's an increasingly rare luxury
5 Feb 2024
Pass Plus scheme: pros, cons, cost and insurance discounts
Pass Plus
Tips & advice

Pass Plus scheme: pros, cons, cost and insurance discounts

Extra driver training is always welcome, but do insurance discounts make the Pass Plus prices worth paying?
1 Feb 2024
Video uploads by ‘citizen police’ drive explosion in penalties for mobile phone use and other driving offences
News

Video uploads by ‘citizen police’ drive explosion in penalties for mobile phone use and other driving offences

Cameras and phone uploads are driving an increase in fines for phone use but penalties declined for offences requiring police ‘boots on the ground’
31 Jan 2024
Manual vs automatic gearboxes - which should you choose?
Manual vs auto gearboxes
Tips & advice

Manual vs automatic gearboxes - which should you choose?

The pros and cons of changing gears yourself, or letting the car do it for you
30 Jan 2024
Car tax 2024: how does UK VED road tax work and how much will it cost you?
car tax calculator
Tips & advice

Car tax 2024: how does UK VED road tax work and how much will it cost you?

Confused by VED road tax? Our comprehensive guide explains how much you'll pay to tax your next car in the 2023/24 financial year
26 Jan 2024
How high are UK petrol prices compared to the rest of Europe?
High fuel prices. £2 per litre
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How high are UK petrol prices compared to the rest of Europe?

The latest figures show how the high fuel tax take of twenty years ago has reduced over two decades
26 Jan 2024
‘Madcap’ MoT test changes kicked into touch
Mot testing centre sign
News

‘Madcap’ MoT test changes kicked into touch

The Government cans its plan for two-yearly MoT test, but says diesels could face tougher scrutiny
25 Jan 2024
What is Torque? The mystery explained
what is torque
Tips & advice

What is Torque? The mystery explained

Engine torque figures are commonly compared, but what is torque and why is it important in our cars?
24 Jan 2024
What is ESP, and ESC on a car?
Volvo XC40 front cornering
Tips & advice

What is ESP, and ESC on a car?

Since 2014, every new car in Europe has been fitted with Electronic Stability Control – but what is ESC, and what is ESP for that matter?
23 Jan 2024
Best electric car charging stations 2024: UK's top charger networks rated by EV owners
Best EV charging stations 2024
Features

Best electric car charging stations 2024: UK's top charger networks rated by EV owners

The bad, the good and the outstanding; you rank the major players in the expanding UK charging network
23 Jan 2024
UK car prices ‘bloodbath’ could be coming, as EV makers fight for sales
Vauxhall Corsa Electric facelift - front tracking
News

UK car prices ‘bloodbath’ could be coming, as EV makers fight for sales

The Stellantis boss warns against car price cuts hitting profits as Europe’s car makers face cheap Chinese competition
23 Jan 2024
It’s grey for the UK! Favourite car colour charts go monochrome in 2023
Tesla Model 3 - front tracking
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It’s grey for the UK! Favourite car colour charts go monochrome in 2023

Monochrome tastes have put grey, black and white at the top of the annual sales car charts again
20 Jan 2024
Watchdog rules electric car range claims misleading on Mercedes and Kia ads
Kia Niro EV - front cornering
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Watchdog rules electric car range claims misleading on Mercedes and Kia ads

Two car brands have been rapped for advertising ‘official’ range figures with 100% battery charge, while recommending only 80% charging
18 Jan 2024
Honda ZR-V Sport long-term test: a great car for dogs
Honda ZR-V eHEV Sport long termer - header
Long-term tests

Honda ZR-V Sport long-term test: a great car for dogs

First report: the spacious hybrid Honda ZR-V SUV passes its first test with flying colours on trip to Cornwall
17 Jan 2024
Average cost of UK car insurance nudges £1,000 - a 58% increase in 12 months
Car insurance
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Average cost of UK car insurance nudges £1,000 - a 58% increase in 12 months

A leading insurance comparison site says the average driver must now cough up £995 for cover
16 Jan 2024
Live local fuel prices coming to your sat-nav or smartphone
Fuel station
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Live local fuel prices coming to your sat-nav or smartphone

The Government is consulting on compulsory fuel price ‘live updates’, making it easy for drivers to shop for the cheapest fuel
16 Jan 2024
More utility company fines for overrunning roadworks will boost road repair budgets
Roadworks
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More utility company fines for overrunning roadworks will boost road repair budgets

Bank holiday and weekend roadworks overruns are to be targeted by proposed new legislation
15 Jan 2024
World first ‘everything-by-wire’ vehicle breaks all mechanical links to driver
REE P7-C chassis and suspension
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World first ‘everything-by-wire’ vehicle breaks all mechanical links to driver

The US has approved ground-breaking tech, as the world’s first full-by-wire EV goes on sale
12 Jan 2024