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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.

Social media and e-mail

e-mail: chris_rosamond@autovia.co.uk
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Driving test wait times up another 20% as DVSA plan is failing

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Best cars to own: Driver Power 2024 results

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Voluntary accessibility standard for electric car chargers is failing, new data shows

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‘Car cannibalism’ on the rise: criminals strip cars for parts in public, confident police won’t show

Cars parked on the street are increasingly being targeted for hard to find parts, as police response proves ineffectual
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Tories pledge to scrap ULEZ extension and ban pay-per-mile taxes for drivers

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Greedy fuel retailers double diesel profit margins instead of cutting prices

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Honda CR-V Advance long-term test: hybrid SUV ticks all the boxes

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Urgent action needed to “re-enthuse” private EV buyers, say car makers

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Used car checklist: key points to look for when buying

Read our used vehicle checklist to help you make a safer, more informed choice when buying any used car
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MoT test pass certificates axed as paperwork goes ‘online only’

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UK petrol and diesel prices: latest fuel costs explained

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Final report: we look at Honda’s history of hybrid tech as we say farewell to our SUV
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The average UK car is now 9 years old, as drivers delay replacements

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Government says ‘no’ to new cash incentives for electric car buyers

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What do young drivers think of electric cars?

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The Financial Conduct Authority maintains that the insurance market is ‘competitive’, in spite of driver fury over price hikes
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