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.

'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

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'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
'ULEZ is expanding and I suspect the Greater London area to be next'
ULEZ opinion
Opinion

'ULEZ is expanding and I suspect the Greater London area to be next'

Mike Rutherford wonders if there will be further ultra-low emission zone expansions
24 Oct 2021
'A £1,000 fine for anyone illegally protesting on the road seems fair'
Opinion protestors
Opinion

'A £1,000 fine for anyone illegally protesting on the road seems fair'

Mike Rutherford has a few suggestions on how to deal with activists who protest on the UK's road network
17 Oct 2021
'The UK just had the greatest transport crisis in living memory'
Opinion UK transport crisis
Opinion

'The UK just had the greatest transport crisis in living memory'

Mike Rutherford laments the 'disorder, chaos and anarchy' of British roads in September
10 Oct 2021
“Citroen has shaken up the electric car market like no brand before”
Opinion - Citroen Ami grey
Citroen

“Citroen has shaken up the electric car market like no brand before”

At around £6k the Citroen Ami is the most significant EV breakthrough moment for Brit consumers, says Mike Rutherford
4 Oct 2021
"Maybe Emma Raducanu will be the Brit to emerge as the new Lewis Hamilton"
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Opinion

"Maybe Emma Raducanu will be the Brit to emerge as the new Lewis Hamilton"

Mike Rutherford gets radical this week, tackling protestors, automotive start-ups....and Emma Raducanu
26 Sep 2021
'I'm not asking to scrap the ICE ban, just delay it a little'
Opinion 2030
Opinion

'I'm not asking to scrap the ICE ban, just delay it a little'

Mike Rutherford calls on the Prime Minister to push back the 2030 ban
19 Sep 2021
'The death of cheap cars will be a travesty for personal mobility'
Opinion cheap cars
Opinion

'The death of cheap cars will be a travesty for personal mobility'

Our appetite for small, cheap cars is as strong as ever - although Mike Rutherford warns they may no longer be profitable
12 Sep 2021
"Extinction Rebellion has effectively declared war on cars"
Opinion Extinction Rebellion
Opinion

"Extinction Rebellion has effectively declared war on cars"

Mike Rutherford highlights some of the motoring world's ineptitude through the month of August
5 Sep 2021
'Welcome to my hand-picked Best Cars of the Year Garage'
British Motor Show opinion
Opinion

'Welcome to my hand-picked Best Cars of the Year Garage'

Our chief columnist chooses, then blags, the all-new vehicles that he considers the best of the best (so far) in 2021
29 Aug 2021
'The latest infotainment systems in some VWs aren’t fit for purpose'
Infotainment screen
Opinion

'The latest infotainment systems in some VWs aren’t fit for purpose'

Some infotainment systems are a mess and potentially dangerous, says Mike Rutherford
22 Aug 2021
'Britain will be the centre of the car world between 19 and 22 August'
Opinion British Motor Show
Opinion

'Britain will be the centre of the car world between 19 and 22 August'

Mike Rutherford says the UK is days away from being the first major car-producing country to stage a national motor show this year
15 Aug 2021
'The people have decided that Mercedes, BMW and Audi are no longer top-10 car brands'
Opinion - driver power
Opinion

'The people have decided that Mercedes, BMW and Audi are no longer top-10 car brands'

Mike Rutherford thinks the 2021 Driver Power survey shows changing attitudes towards premium cars
9 Aug 2021
'Formula E could be on course for victory in its battle with F1'
Formula E opinion
Opinion

'Formula E could be on course for victory in its battle with F1'

Mike Rutherford thinks there can only be one winner out of Formula One and Formula E
1 Aug 2021
‘The British Motor Show ain’t optional. It’s compulsory’
Opinion British Motor Show
Opinion

‘The British Motor Show ain’t optional. It’s compulsory’

A masked Mike Rutherford will be at the reborn event - and reckons you should be there, too. No excuses!
25 Jul 2021
'Subsidies for drivers to switch to electric cars are nothing short of essential'
Opinion EV car sales
Opinion

'Subsidies for drivers to switch to electric cars are nothing short of essential'

With the 2030 ban looming, Mike Rutherford thinks the government needs to be doing more to incentivise new electric car buyers
18 Jul 2021
“Hyundai wiped the floor with the opposition at the 2021 New Car Awards”
Opinion - Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai

“Hyundai wiped the floor with the opposition at the 2021 New Car Awards”

Mike Rutherford is impressed with just how far Hyundai has come in the last 10 years
11 Jul 2021
‘As we become more reliant on electricity, rationing it might be necessary’
Opinion - EV charging
Opinion

‘As we become more reliant on electricity, rationing it might be necessary’

Mike Rutherford does not believe the UK Power Network will be able to cope with the demands of EV drivers
4 Jul 2021
“A wholesale switch to electric cars is ultimately up to real-world car buyers”
Mobility future
Opinion

“A wholesale switch to electric cars is ultimately up to real-world car buyers”

Hyundai-Kia and Toyota-Lexus are already thinking way beyond electric cars, and Mike Rutherford thinks we’d be daft not to listen to them
27 Jun 2021
'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