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.

'A top footballer works minutes for his car, but the average worker must graft for 12 months'
Opinion - average car
Opinion

'A top footballer works minutes for his car, but the average worker must graft for 12 months'

Mike Rutherford says it's increasingly easy for them, and far harder for us, to earn enough for our new cars
20 Jun 2021
'The hydrogen underdog disruptor is back in town'
Toyota Mirai opinion
Opinion

'The hydrogen underdog disruptor is back in town'

Mike Rutherford says hydrogen-powered cars could still be a frequent sight on UK roads
13 Jun 2021
'GM taking over Honda would be a disaster'
Honda opinion
Opinion

'GM taking over Honda would be a disaster'

Mike Rutherford is worried about Honda's future, despite its recent motorsport success
6 Jun 2021
'Joe Biden is now America's most important auto industry dude'
Ford F150 Joe Biden
Opinion

'Joe Biden is now America's most important auto industry dude'

Mike Rutherford thinks Joe Biden deserves praise for his hands-on approach to the American car industry
30 May 2021
'Carlos Tavares is the heavyweight champion of the automotive world'
Opinion
Opinion

'Carlos Tavares is the heavyweight champion of the automotive world'

Mike Rutherford praises the Stellantis CEO's realistic ambitions of electric motoring
23 May 2021
'Just because impressive tech is available, it shouldn’t necessarily be installed in cars'
Opinion tech
Opinion

'Just because impressive tech is available, it shouldn’t necessarily be installed in cars'

Mike Rutherford says designers, car makers and politicians need to consult motorists more often
16 May 2021
‘The greatest change in motoring history is coming - but we don’t want it’
Opinion driverless cars
Opinion

‘The greatest change in motoring history is coming - but we don’t want it’

Mike Rutherford reckons that instead of telling us what they think we should have, manufacturers and politicians must ask us what we’d like from our c…
9 May 2021

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‘WCOTY-winning Volkswagen ID.4 is good, just not as good as I expected’
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Opinion

‘WCOTY-winning Volkswagen ID.4 is good, just not as good as I expected’

Mike Rutherford asks if there was a more deserving winner of this year’s World Car of the Year award
2 May 2021
'From now on I’ll be looking at Euro NCAP’s scores closely'
Opinion Euro NCAP
Opinion

'From now on I’ll be looking at Euro NCAP’s scores closely'

Mike Rutherford questions new changes brought in to Euro NCAP testing
25 Apr 2021
'The UK Government should part-fund our own British Car Company'
Opinion Bcc
Opinion

'The UK Government should part-fund our own British Car Company'

Mike Rutherford thinks Britain's new independence makes it perfectly poised to invest in car production
18 Apr 2021
'Some traditions need to be abandoned, and working 9-5 is one of them'
Opinion commute
Opinion

'Some traditions need to be abandoned, and working 9-5 is one of them'

Britain needs to re-think its approach to commuting, according to Mike Rutherford
11 Apr 2021
'We aren't building enough cars to satisfy global demand'
Car manufacturing
Opinion

'We aren't building enough cars to satisfy global demand'

Mike Rutherford points out the dramatic changes happening in the world's top car producing nations
4 Apr 2021
"Murray Walker's words were quite brilliant, clever and deliciously humorous"
Murray Walker
Opinion

"Murray Walker's words were quite brilliant, clever and deliciously humorous"

Mike Rutherford laments the recent loss of Murray Walker, and thinks he deserves ‘true gentleman’ status
28 Mar 2021
‘A 3-word verdict on UK public electric car charging: too bloody complicated’
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Opinion

‘A 3-word verdict on UK public electric car charging: too bloody complicated’

Mike Rutherford thinks one of the biggest barriers to electric car uptake is the UK’s public charging ‘system’
21 Mar 2021
A ‘scrap your hybrid car for a diesel’ scheme might just happen
Exhaust
Opinion

A ‘scrap your hybrid car for a diesel’ scheme might just happen

Mike Rutherford says a recent study shows electrified cars aren't necessarily the greenest
14 Mar 2021
'Gordon Murray is to the car world what David Attenborough is to Planet Earth'
Opinion GMA
Opinion

'Gordon Murray is to the car world what David Attenborough is to Planet Earth'

Mike Rutherford points out how big car makers could learn plenty from smaller firms
7 Mar 2021
'Genesis’s aim is to lure Jaguar Land Rover customers'
Genesis
Opinion

'Genesis’s aim is to lure Jaguar Land Rover customers'

Mike Rutherford thinks luxury brand Genesis could take sales away from Jaguar Land Rover when it lands in the UK
1 Mar 2021
'Highways England handles ice-covered roads just as badly as it always has'
Opinion snow
Opinion

'Highways England handles ice-covered roads just as badly as it always has'

Mike Rutherford thinks Britain should be better prepared for snowy roads
21 Feb 2021
"The Fuel Duty increase will be a tiny price to pay"
Opinion fuel duty
Opinion

"The Fuel Duty increase will be a tiny price to pay"

Mike Rutherford says average fuel bills can still be lower in 2021
14 Feb 2021
"British brands are way behind in the race for an affordable, desirable electric car"
Opinion British EVs
Opinion

"British brands are way behind in the race for an affordable, desirable electric car"

When it comes to making popular small electric cars, Mike Rutherford thinks the likes of Jaguar Land Rover need to step up
7 Feb 2021
'Kia's name change is unnecessary and the new logo is a disaster'
Kia logo opinion
Kia

'Kia's name change is unnecessary and the new logo is a disaster'

Mike Rutherford says even Kia is prone to making mistakes
31 Jan 2021
'It's clear that lorry drivers deserve much-improved working conditions'
Truck
Opinion

'It's clear that lorry drivers deserve much-improved working conditions'

Mike Rutherford proposes some alternative options to help streamline British imports and exports
23 Jan 2021
'MG's sales must rank as the success story of the year, possibly the decade'
MG 2020
Opinion

'MG's sales must rank as the success story of the year, possibly the decade'

Mike Rutherford says plenty of big car brands could learn from MG's focus on cheap cars
17 Jan 2021
'At £30,000+ too many electric cars are out of reach for the average worker'
Mike Rutherford opinion
Opinion

'At £30,000+ too many electric cars are out of reach for the average worker'

Mike Rutherford thinks most electric cars are out of reach for the majority of new car buyers
10 Jan 2021
'Gordon Murray is my British motor industry person of 2020'
Opinion

'Gordon Murray is my British motor industry person of 2020'

Mike Rutherford highlights his positive car industry stories of 2020
4 Jan 2021
‘Your car may not be the most efficient tool for your new, lower-mileage life’
Opinion

‘Your car may not be the most efficient tool for your new, lower-mileage life’

Mike Rutherford thinks now is the perfect time to re-evaluate your modes of transport
20 Dec 2020
'Citroen has changed the game and changed the lives of countless consumers'
Opinion

'Citroen has changed the game and changed the lives of countless consumers'

Mike Rutherford thinks the quirky new Citroen Ami is a true game-changing car
13 Dec 2020
"Road tolls hiding beneath the cover of Covid? I wouldn’t be surprised"
Opinion

"Road tolls hiding beneath the cover of Covid? I wouldn’t be surprised"

Mike Rutherford thinks UK motorists shouldn't forget they are in the majority when it comes to transport planning
6 Dec 2020
'Power outages do nothing to inspire confidence in would-be EV buyers'
Opinion

'Power outages do nothing to inspire confidence in would-be EV buyers'

Mike Rutherford thinks the switch to an all-electric UK car market hasn't been thought through
29 Nov 2020
'Nobody knows if driverless vehicles will save lives, but they're guaranteed to kill jobs'
Opinion

'Nobody knows if driverless vehicles will save lives, but they're guaranteed to kill jobs'

Mike Rutherford speaks out on businesses wanting to switch to driverless vehicles
22 Nov 2020
"Boris Johnson should become more financially generous towards the likes of JLR and Aston Martin"
Opinion

"Boris Johnson should become more financially generous towards the likes of JLR and Aston Martin"

Mike Rutherford thinks Boris Johnson could be more financially generous to British car firms post Brexit
15 Nov 2020
'Politicians have made billions from the C-Charge. But nationwide, pay-per-mile road tolls are their ultimate goal'
Opinion

'Politicians have made billions from the C-Charge. But nationwide, pay-per-mile road tolls are their ultimate goal'

Mike Rutherford thinks 24/7 road tolls and more congestion charge zones are likely
8 Nov 2020
“Motor shows such as Detroit, Geneva, Frankfurt and Paris have had their day”
Opinion

“Motor shows such as Detroit, Geneva, Frankfurt and Paris have had their day”

Mike Rutherford thinks local motor shows can fill the void left by big international exhibitions
2 Nov 2020
“Drivers have not been asked if they want autonomous cars”
Opinion

“Drivers have not been asked if they want autonomous cars”

While the British Government seems keen on driverless cars, Mike Rutherford is suspicious about why the public have not been asked if they want them
25 Oct 2020