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.

“Employees have little or no money left for the daily commute”
Money problems - opinion
Opinion

“Employees have little or no money left for the daily commute”

Mike Rutherford thinks cash-strapped workers should be able to expense their daily commutes
26 Jun 2022
‘Jaguar should sell cheaper rebadged MG electric cars’
Opinion - MG
Opinion

‘Jaguar should sell cheaper rebadged MG electric cars’

Mike Rutherford thinks Jaguar should partner up with MG to sell cheaper Chinese-built electric cars
19 Jun 2022
“Our current ratio of one car for every two people in Britain is about right”
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Opinion

“Our current ratio of one car for every two people in Britain is about right”

UK car ownership has fallen but Mike Rutherford sees no problem with what is a tiny decrease in the grand scheme of things.
15 Jun 2022
‘Entrepreneurs shouldn’t be getting rich off the back of subsidised public transport‘
Opinion - Stagecoach
Opinion

‘Entrepreneurs shouldn’t be getting rich off the back of subsidised public transport‘

Mike Rutherford takes a look at how some of the richest people in the transport industry make their money
5 Jun 2022
‘Some high-mileage drivers will have fuel bills of more than £5,000 this year’
Opinion - fuel prices
Opinion

‘Some high-mileage drivers will have fuel bills of more than £5,000 this year’

Mike Rutherford thinks something needs to be done about fuel prices before the average motorist is priced out of his or her humble private car – forev…
29 May 2022
“Almost 800,000 people are still working in Britain’s automotive industry”
Opinion - UK automotive industry
Opinion

“Almost 800,000 people are still working in Britain’s automotive industry”

Although Covid hit the UK car industry hard, Mike Rutherford thinks there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic
22 May 2022
“Mid-sized electric cars are way beyond the financial reach of most mums and dads”
Opinion - electric car prices
Opinion

“Mid-sized electric cars are way beyond the financial reach of most mums and dads”

Mike Rutherford thinks the industry needs to face the fact that a lot of people can’t afford a brand new factory-fresh car
16 May 2022

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“The Chancellor can afford to slash VAT to 10% on new electric cars”
Opinion - electric car sales
Opinion

“The Chancellor can afford to slash VAT to 10% on new electric cars”

If cautious buyers are to be persuaded into an electric car, Mike Rutherford thinks they’ll need an offer they can’t refuse
8 May 2022
“Britain’s road network is operating at maximum capacity”
Opinion - traffic
Opinion

“Britain’s road network is operating at maximum capacity”

Mike Rutherford is alarmed at the state of Britain’s roads, with queues tens of miles long and politicians who don’t give a damn
1 May 2022
“The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the spiritual successor to the VW Golf”
Opinion - Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai Ioniq 5

“The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the spiritual successor to the VW Golf”

Mike Rutherford thinks the all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the greatest mainstream car on the planet
24 Apr 2022
“Why rivals don’t ‘borrow’ Kia’s successful business model is beyond me”
Opinion - Kia
Kia

“Why rivals don’t ‘borrow’ Kia’s successful business model is beyond me”

Kia’s sales success in the UK is no surprise to Mike Rutherford, who predicted the Korean brand’s rise ten years ago
17 Apr 2022
‘BP and P&O face a backlash from customers’
Opinion - empty petrol station
Opinion

‘BP and P&O face a backlash from customers’

Mike Rutherford says the only way to deal with firms who've lately been disrespecting their loyal customers is to steer well clear of them
10 Apr 2022
“A toll road ‘system’ would be the motoring mistake of the century”
Opinion - road tolls
Opinion

“A toll road ‘system’ would be the motoring mistake of the century”

Mike Rutherford thinks there are better ways to ‘tax’ EV drivers than implementing a nationwide tolling system
3 Apr 2022
“Despite being overtaken by Indonesia, the UK remains in the top 15 of global car producers”
Opinion - car production
Opinion

“Despite being overtaken by Indonesia, the UK remains in the top 15 of global car producers”

UK car production did dip in 2021, but Mike Rutherford is grateful that it still outperformed many countries around the world
27 Mar 2022
“I can confirm the £10 gallon of fuel has arrived”
Mike Rutherford opinion
Opinion

“I can confirm the £10 gallon of fuel has arrived”

Mike Rutherford is sad to report the first sighting of premium petrol at 222.9p in the UK. The £10 gallon is upon us.
16 Mar 2022
“Energy rationing might soon be a wise plan”
Opinion - energy
Opinion

“Energy rationing might soon be a wise plan”

Mike Rutherford thinks energy rationing could be a good thing, with drivers of less thirsty cars the obvious beneficiaries
13 Mar 2022
'Prepare yourself for £2 a litre petrol'
Fuel prices
Opinion

'Prepare yourself for £2 a litre petrol'

Mike Rutherford says a litre of petrol could soon hit £2 and suggests ways motorists can fight increasing costs
6 Mar 2022
'Electric car charging is damaging the switch to EVs'
Opinion charging network
Opinion

'Electric car charging is damaging the switch to EVs'

Mike Rutherford thinks the UK's charging network needs to take lessons from petrol station forecourts
27 Feb 2022
'It's time to replace buses with more appropriate vehicles'
Opinion bus
Opinion

'It's time to replace buses with more appropriate vehicles'

Mike Rutherford thinks Britain needs to overhaul its buses
20 Feb 2022
“Politicians have to change their motorist-loathing ways”
Opinion - ULEZ
Opinion

“Politicians have to change their motorist-loathing ways”

Mike Rutherford thinks the levels of contempt for the private motorist from the powers that be have hit an all-time high
14 Feb 2022
‘UK car production has been brutally cut by 50% in just five years’
Mike Rutherford UK car production
Opinion

‘UK car production has been brutally cut by 50% in just five years’

Mike Rutherford is suspicious at the sharp decline in UK car production - and even wonders if sabotage is at play
7 Feb 2022
'Learn the new Highway Code and you could save lives'
Highway Code
Opinion

'Learn the new Highway Code and you could save lives'

Mike Rutherford points out some handy safety tips for roads users to stay safe
30 Jan 2022
'Audis, BMWs and Mercs are now as common as muck'
Opinion common cars
Opinion

'Audis, BMWs and Mercs are now as common as muck'

Mike Rutherford says exclusivity doesn't need to be expensive
23 Jan 2022
'The best car in the world is Korean'
Opinion Mike Rutherford
Opinion

'The best car in the world is Korean'

Mike Rutherford praises Hyundai and Kia's joint win in Best Cars of the Year
16 Jan 2022
'The best way for travellers to prevent COVID spread is to use private cars'
Opinion ICE and EV
Opinion

'The best way for travellers to prevent COVID spread is to use private cars'

Mike Rutherford says the government is attacking UK motorists when it should be helping them
9 Jan 2022
'In the car world, priciest doesn't necessarily mean best'
Best cars of the year 2021
Opinion

'In the car world, priciest doesn't necessarily mean best'

Mike Rutherford says anything from the Fiat 500 to the Porsche Taycan could win the upcoming Best Car of the Year
30 Dec 2021
'Cars are becoming here-today, gone-tomorrow commodities'
Mike Rutherford opinion
Opinion

'Cars are becoming here-today, gone-tomorrow commodities'

Mike Rutherford sees the value in fully flexible leasing schemes as a means of giving motorists more freedom
19 Dec 2021
“The network of chargepoints is nowhere near keeping up with the sales of electric cars”
Opinion - chargepoint
Opinion

“The network of chargepoints is nowhere near keeping up with the sales of electric cars”

Mike Rutherford thinks car dealers are perfectly placed to solve the UK’s problem of a lack of public chargepoints
12 Dec 2021
'Boycott greedy fuel retailers whose gallons cost £8 or more'
Mike Rutherford opinion
Opinion

'Boycott greedy fuel retailers whose gallons cost £8 or more'

Mike Rutherford thinks current fuel prices are ripping-off the British motorist
5 Dec 2021
'Vietnam's Vinfast could be even better than Korea's Kia'
VinFast e36 SUV
Opinion

'Vietnam's Vinfast could be even better than Korea's Kia'

Mike Rutherford thinks Vinfast could turn Vietnam into one of the top Asian car producing countries
28 Nov 2021
'Electric cars charging from diesel generators is insane'
Opinion charging EV
Opinion

'Electric cars charging from diesel generators is insane'

Mike Rutherford points out the environmentally damaging way some electric cars are charging up
21 Nov 2021
'The British Motor Show will be everything traditional motor shows are not'
Opinion British Motor Show
Opinion

'The British Motor Show will be everything traditional motor shows are not'

Mike Rutherford thinks traditional global motor shows need to rethink the way they operate
14 Nov 2021
“The profit the Government makes on every electric car sold is indefensible”
Opinion - Kia EV6
Opinion

“The profit the Government makes on every electric car sold is indefensible”

Mike Rutherford thinks VAT is hitting the affordability of electric cars, and thus driving down sales in showrooms
7 Nov 2021
'Many don't have the means to switch to electric cars'
Opinion expensive EVs
Opinion

'Many don't have the means to switch to electric cars'

Mike Rutherford points out the sometimes costly nature of going green
31 Oct 2021