Hugo Griffiths

A former English teacher and project manager, and a lifelong petrolhead, Hugo joined automotive journalism four years ago, and hasn’t looked back since. As consumer editor of Auto Express Hugo keeps a close eye on the stories affecting motorists in their day-to-days lives, investigating subjects such as car crime, road safety, and wider government legislation, sniffing out exclusive stories on overlooked but important subjects. With a keen eye for crisp prose and original stories, Hugo also helps curate Auto Express’s weekly features.

e-mail: hugo_griffiths@autovia.co.uk 

Car recalls explained: what should you do if you get one?
Car on Rolling Road
Features

Car recalls explained: what should you do if you get one?

Car recalls are rarely out of the news; our exclusive interview with the DVSA explains everything you need to know about them
19 Sep 2023
Sustainable luxury: Bentley’s innovative approach to going green
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Features

Sustainable luxury: Bentley’s innovative approach to going green

As Bentley launches a Flying Spur Hybrid, we visit the firm’s Crewe HQ to see how the luxury car maker is becoming more eco-friendly
8 Nov 2021
Friends reunited: buying back a Porsche 911
Porsche 911
Features

Friends reunited: buying back a Porsche 911

How perfect timing led a Porsche 911 fanatic to buy back his old car
14 Oct 2021
The disabled driving force behind Evtec's automotive parts
Disabled Evtec workers
Features

The disabled driving force behind Evtec's automotive parts

Evtec produces millions of automotive parts and a third of its employees are people with disabilities
10 Oct 2021
James Bond's Aston Martins: We drive 007's DB5, DBS, V8 and Valhalla
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Features

James Bond's Aston Martins: We drive 007's DB5, DBS, V8 and Valhalla

In the build up to the 'No Time To Die' premier, Aston Martin wheeled out its stars of the film and even let us take them for a spin around SIlverston…
29 Sep 2021
Exclusive: almost 18,000 major offences committed on UK motorways since 2016
Motorway
News

Exclusive: almost 18,000 major offences committed on UK motorways since 2016

Auto Express investigation shows extent of drivers and pedestrians breaking the law on motorways, with illegal stops accounting for more than a third …
4 Aug 2021
New Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition launched with raft of sustainable materials
Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition - front
News

New Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition launched with raft of sustainable materials

The new Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition offers sustainable materials, 536bhp and 25 miles of electric range
29 Jul 2021

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'Driver Power is a hugely important guide for new car buyers'
Driver Power
Opinion

'Driver Power is a hugely important guide for new car buyers'

Hugo Griffiths thanks everyone involved in making the Driver Power 2021 survey a valuable tool for new car buyers
29 Jul 2021
Huge difference in driving-test pass rates for ethnic groups
Driving test
News

Huge difference in driving-test pass rates for ethnic groups

Data shows White people more likely to pass than people from ethnic-minority backgrounds
20 Jul 2021
Sales of new diesel lorries banned from 2040
2040 ban diesel lorry
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Sales of new diesel lorries banned from 2040

Overhead electrified gantries could power electric HGVS, as new internal combustion engined trucks won’t be sold from 2040
14 Jul 2021
GB stickers no longer valid for driving abroad
GB sticker
News

GB stickers no longer valid for driving abroad

From September, drivers travelling abroad will have to display UK stickers instead of GB ones
5 Jul 2021
Semiconductor shortage continues to hit car production
Trade
News

Semiconductor shortage continues to hit car production

UK factories turned out 54,962 cars in May, well up on the same month in pandemic-ravaged 2020, but way down on previous Mays
24 Jun 2021
Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox
Dacia Duster gear lever
News

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox

With more drivers learning in autos and electric cars, the DVSA is looking to update the driving test so people can still drive manuals in future
16 Jun 2021
UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars
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UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars

Analysis reveals lithium refining takes 65 per cent of Chilean region’s water, while 40,000 child miners dig for cobalt in DRC
14 Jun 2021
‘Our switch to electric will soon make driving manual cars a lost art'
Gearknob
Opinion

‘Our switch to electric will soon make driving manual cars a lost art'

Want to drive a manual car? You need to take your test in a manual car. So what happens once all driving-school cars are automatic EVs?
8 Jun 2021
Free car insurance for people getting vaccine
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News

Free car insurance for people getting vaccine

Three hours’ temporary insurance cover given away; drivers need only email a picture of the vaccination card to redeem offer
7 Jun 2021
Toyota launches groundbreaking 10-year warranty
Toyota service centre
News

Toyota launches groundbreaking 10-year warranty

The ‘Relax’ programme covers new and used Toyota and Lexus vehicles, with the scheme applying retrospectively to second-hand models
1 Jun 2021
Car insurance boost for drivers as 'loyalty pricing' is outlawed
Calling Insurance after accident
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Car insurance boost for drivers as 'loyalty pricing' is outlawed

Insurers will have to offer renewing customers the same quotes as new ones from January 2022
28 May 2021
Volvo issues seatbelt recall that “removes” safety component
Volvo XC60 - front
News

Volvo issues seatbelt recall that “removes” safety component

Pretensioners are replaced with fixed anchorage points in a recall affecting 2.2m Volvo cars worldwide
25 May 2021
Tamiya RC cars: history, greatest models and build tips
Tamiya RC
Features

Tamiya RC cars: history, greatest models and build tips

We chat to Tamiya about how it became the go-to for RC cars, plus we build our very own Toyota GR Yaris
24 May 2021
London’s ULEZ expansion could fundamentally alter UK’s used-car market
Opinion ULEZ
Opinion

London’s ULEZ expansion could fundamentally alter UK’s used-car market

Ripple effects from the capital’s expanding £12.50 emission zone could impact prices for second-hand cars elsewhere
18 May 2021
Jay Leno and his cars: inside the famous petrolhead's garage
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Features

Jay Leno and his cars: inside the famous petrolhead's garage

Jay Leno guides us through his extensive collection of cars and reveals how his love for motoring started
17 May 2021
Bristol Cars: doubts around the British brand's future
Bristol
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Bristol Cars: doubts around the British brand's future

Insolvency firm casts doubts on intellectual property rights relating to Bristol Cars
17 May 2021
Speeding is as bad as carrying a knife, says top cop
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News

Speeding is as bad as carrying a knife, says top cop

Senior police officer says drivers who break the speed limit are “weaponising” their cars
17 May 2021
70% of drivers broke 30mph speed limits in lockdown
Increased speed limits help to cut accidents
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70% of drivers broke 30mph speed limits in lockdown

Government statistics show March 2020 lockdown brought a huge increase in the proportion of car drivers speeding in 30mph zones
12 May 2021
Young drivers face disproportionate risk of death on country roads
40mph limit for rural roads
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Young drivers face disproportionate risk of death on country roads

Rural roads see 71 per cent of all road fatalities among young drivers, compared to 57 per cent among wider population
11 May 2021
Haynes manuals: history, the move online and greatest editions
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Features

Haynes manuals: history, the move online and greatest editions

We look back at the late visionary John Haynes and his famous car-repair manuals
10 May 2021
Average speed cameras on motorways get approval from drivers
Average speed camera
News

Average speed cameras on motorways get approval from drivers

UK drivers are in favour of average speed cameras on motorways despite the majority admitting to breaking 70mph limit
10 May 2021
‘Don’t believe the hype, self-driving cars are not coming this year’
Opinion - driverless
Opinion

‘Don’t believe the hype, self-driving cars are not coming this year’

Hugo Griffiths wants the term ‘self-driving’ used with much more caution, and accuracy when it comes to cars
28 Apr 2021
Tamiya and Little Car Company pair up to create the Wild One Max
Wild One Max - front
News

Tamiya and Little Car Company pair up to create the Wild One Max

The Wild One Max is an eight-tenths-scale buggy that can even be made road-legal
27 Apr 2021
“Smart motorways are the safer option, we all need to look at the facts”
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Opinion

“Smart motorways are the safer option, we all need to look at the facts”

Hugo Griffiths sees too much emotion bound up in the debate over smart motorways when factual analysis is needed.
23 Apr 2021
The Voltswagen saga shows that bad jokes are easily forgiven, but trust is harder to rebuild
Voltswagen
Opinion

The Voltswagen saga shows that bad jokes are easily forgiven, but trust is harder to rebuild

Hugo Griffiths thinks VW needs to act quickly and apologise for the Voltswagen rebrand ‘joke’
31 Mar 2021
Over 70s face driving curfews, trackers and distance limits
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News

Over 70s face driving curfews, trackers and distance limits

Proposals could see older drivers with medical issues keep their licences if they agree to monitoring and restrictions
29 Mar 2021
Six decades of the Jaguar E-Type marked by new 60 Collection cars
Jaguar E-Type 60 Collection
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Six decades of the Jaguar E-Type marked by new 60 Collection cars

A fully restored coupe and roadster recreate the E-Types unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show
12 Mar 2021