Mike Rutherford

Mike Rutherford was one of the founding fathers of Auto Express in 1988 and remains the title's longest-serving journalist.  He has also served time as the Motoring Editor on three national newspapers; a weekly columnist on several other nationals; an international business writer for the Economist Intelligence Unit; and a presenter of over 1,000 radio and television programmes. 

Currently, he is the Chief Columnist at Auto Express, Co-Chairman & Juror of the World Car Awards programme, and a regular contributor to the BBC, Sky, LBC, talkRADIO, plus other national and international stations. Mike is also a Trustee at the Marcus Rutherford Foundation/Young Adult Cancer Trust.

‘While Grant Shapps advises you to walk, cycle or take public transport, he’s using his own private plane’
Opinion

‘While Grant Shapps advises you to walk, cycle or take public transport, he’s using his own private plane’

Mike Rutherford thinks UK motorists are being demonised by hypocrites
13 Sep 2020
'Car users being robbed of their lanes has led to a squeaky-clean retaliation'
Opinion

'Car users being robbed of their lanes has led to a squeaky-clean retaliation'

Mike Rutherford thinks British motorists need to keep fighting to take back pedestrian and bicycle lanes
6 Sep 2020
'The Land Rover Defender and Aston Martin DBX must be front runners for World Car Design of the Year'
Opinion

'The Land Rover Defender and Aston Martin DBX must be front runners for World Car Design of the Year'

Mike Rutherford thinks cars from Gerry McGovern and Marek Reichman are favourites to win design award
30 Aug 2020
'Shame on those who exploit the pandemic for their own misguided car-hating beliefs'
Opinion

'Shame on those who exploit the pandemic for their own misguided car-hating beliefs'

Mike Rutherford thinks the Covid-19 pandemic is being used as a cover for an attack on the British motorist.
23 Aug 2020
'SUV haters might as well tie a hand behind the back of every JLR employee'
Opinion

'SUV haters might as well tie a hand behind the back of every JLR employee'

Mike Rutherford thinks ecomentalists should stop persecuting SUV drivers
17 Aug 2020
'Cars should be the stars, but for a few days the industry became all about the people'
Opinion

'Cars should be the stars, but for a few days the industry became all about the people'

Mike Rutherford looks back at late July 2020 when the global automotive managerial merry-go-round went into overdrive
9 Aug 2020
"Many car dealerships just don’t try hard enough"
Opinion

"Many car dealerships just don’t try hard enough"

Mike Rutherford thinks the latest Driver Power survey confirms that some car dealerships aren't trying their hardest to sell cars
2 Aug 2020

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"We can only hope that Britain and others follow South Korea’s and Hyundai-Kia’s exciting road to recovery"
Opinion

"We can only hope that Britain and others follow South Korea’s and Hyundai-Kia’s exciting road to recovery"

Mike Rutherford thinks the British automotive industry should look to South Korea and Hyundai-Kia for post-coronavirus inspiration
26 Jul 2020
'MG has beaten rivals to the punch, selling electric cars to buyers on £25k budgets'
Opinion

'MG has beaten rivals to the punch, selling electric cars to buyers on £25k budgets'

Mike Rutherford looks at the reasons why MG has been able to thrive before and during lockdown
19 Jul 2020
"Despite the tragedy of 2020 so far, several intriguing developments emerged in the final week of June"
Opinion

"Despite the tragedy of 2020 so far, several intriguing developments emerged in the final week of June"

Mike Rutherford recounts some significant stories that may have passed you by in recent weeks
12 Jul 2020
"Brexit and the pandemic have hit the UK car industry hard, time for the fightback to begin"
Opinion

"Brexit and the pandemic have hit the UK car industry hard, time for the fightback to begin"

Brexit in 2019 and 2020's global pandemic mean the UK auto industry's numbers look grim but Mike Rutherford sees better times ahead.
5 Jul 2020
“It’s bonkers that politicians can get free travel to work when low earners can't”
Opinion

“It’s bonkers that politicians can get free travel to work when low earners can't”

Mike Rutherford thinks low-earning employees deserve to have their commute subsidised
27 Jun 2020
"London’s congestion, ULEZ and parking charges are pricing drivers off the road"
Opinion

"London’s congestion, ULEZ and parking charges are pricing drivers off the road"

With a 30 per cent rise in the capital's C-charge zone this week, some motorists could pay over £100 per day, says Mike Rutherford
23 Jun 2020
“I’m delighted by the emergence of a new industry that organises drive-in events”
Opinion

“I’m delighted by the emergence of a new industry that organises drive-in events”

From live music to picnics, Mike Rutherford is pleased to see events being organised where car occupants are entertained without stepping out of their…
21 Jun 2020
“It’s exactly the right time for car showrooms to reinvent themselves”
Opinion

“It’s exactly the right time for car showrooms to reinvent themselves”

Mike Rutherford made dozens of phone calls on the day car showrooms reopened, but got a mixture of positive and negative responses
14 Jun 2020
‘0% finance deals will not be enough to sell cars’
Opinion

‘0% finance deals will not be enough to sell cars’

With car showrooms reopening, Mike Rutherford thinks dealers now have to be more ambitions and creative to move metal
7 Jun 2020
“Motorbike users are around 6,650% more likely to die on the road than car users”
Opinion

“Motorbike users are around 6,650% more likely to die on the road than car users”

Mike Rutherford assesses transport-related risks, and is shocked to find a colossal gap between comparatively safe car use and comparatively unsafe tr…
31 May 2020
'Motorists undeservedly fined for lockdown offences will now be very tempted to contest them'
Opinion

'Motorists undeservedly fined for lockdown offences will now be very tempted to contest them'

Mike Rutherford thinks the government’s defence of Dominic Cummings casts doubt over many of the lockdown fines handed out to motorists.  
26 May 2020
“The PM and the Government have given you the okay to drive”
Opinion

“The PM and the Government have given you the okay to drive”

It’s okay to drive to the shops, workplace and locations that are important to you. It’s allowed. Boris, your Leader, says so
24 May 2020
“The car beats every other mode of travel in terms of social-distancing capabilities”
Opinion

“The car beats every other mode of travel in terms of social-distancing capabilities”

Mike Rutherford thinks the safest place for a person to remain socially distant when travelling is inside a locked motor car
13 May 2020
Our tribute to the legend that is Sir Stirling Moss
Features

Our tribute to the legend that is Sir Stirling Moss

Mike Rutherford shares his memories of British racing icon and Auto Express columnist
11 May 2020
“Many customers don’t like dealing face to face with salesmen on commission”
Opinion

“Many customers don’t like dealing face to face with salesmen on commission”

Mike Rutherford thinks that familiar, male-dominated car showrooms are not conducive to a warm shopping experience for families
8 May 2020
“The time is right for a wider choice of affordable personal mobility”
Opinion

“The time is right for a wider choice of affordable personal mobility”

Mike Rutherford thinks the motor industry needs to focus on smaller, no-frills vehicles
4 May 2020
‘Do you really want to waste 20 hours a week stuck in traffic?’
Opinion

‘Do you really want to waste 20 hours a week stuck in traffic?’

Sir Stirling Moss was the maestro of axing the commute, and Mike Rutherford thinks we should all consider the amount of time we spend travelling
26 Apr 2020
'Sorry Jeep, but Kia now makes the best all-American SUV'
Kia

'Sorry Jeep, but Kia now makes the best all-American SUV'

With Kia winning the World Car of the Year 2020 award with the American-built Telluride, Mike Rutherford believes Kia has beaten Jeep at their own gam…
18 Apr 2020
“UK motor industry – your country and its people need you”
News

“UK motor industry – your country and its people need you”

Mike Rutherford thinks the motor industry can still do more to help provide life-saving medical kit
12 Apr 2020
'The advice around what we should do before, during and after we drive our cars is less than clear'
News

'The advice around what we should do before, during and after we drive our cars is less than clear'

Only essential driving during the Coronavirus lockdown is allowed, but what we need to do before, during and after our journey isn't as clear, says Mi…
5 Apr 2020
'The temporary shutdown of car factories could benefit manufacturers and customers'
News

'The temporary shutdown of car factories could benefit manufacturers and customers'

With car factories around the world closing temporarily, it may give manufacturers the chance to clear out the current backlog of unsold new cars, say…
28 Mar 2020
'Car exhibitions are going through the most dramatic period of change in a generation'
News

'Car exhibitions are going through the most dramatic period of change in a generation'

With the changing car market, the government's petrol & diesel ban plus the unprecedented Coronavirus, the car exhibition industry is going through a …
22 Mar 2020
'Motor shows won't be killed off, but they must drastically change'
Opinion

'Motor shows won't be killed off, but they must drastically change'

Mike Rutherford thinks motor shows will still exist in the future, but are likely to become shorter and less expensive to stage
16 Mar 2020
'This is our chance to decide the fate of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars'
Opinion

'This is our chance to decide the fate of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars'

The public is being called on by the government to offer their views on the proposed ban of new petrol/diesel sales and it is our duty as motorists t…
7 Mar 2020
'Small cars will remain best-sellers for years to come'
Opinion

'Small cars will remain best-sellers for years to come'

With the ever-changing automotive landscape, Mike Rutherford still believes that the humble small car will have a powerful place in the car market
2 Mar 2020
‘Think of your dash cam as a witness helping your cause’
Dash cam
Opinion

‘Think of your dash cam as a witness helping your cause’

We should embrace dash cams to help protect law-abiding drivers, argues Mike Rutherford
28 Feb 2020
'Widen HS2 into a multi-vehicle transport corridor with lanes for cars'
Opinion

'Widen HS2 into a multi-vehicle transport corridor with lanes for cars'

HS2 is going ahead but Mike Rutherford says the £106bn project should include lanes for cars and HGVs
26 Feb 2020