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.

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

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'MG's sales must rank as the success story of the year, possibly the decade'
MG 2020
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'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'
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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'
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'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
“Those sealed in private cars are far less likely to become Covid-19 victims”
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“Those sealed in private cars are far less likely to become Covid-19 victims”

If there’s a more pandemic-beating travel pod than our cars, then Mike Rutherford wants to know what it is
18 Oct 2020
'The Pop-Up Motor Show is a simple idea at precisely the right time'
Opinion

'The Pop-Up Motor Show is a simple idea at precisely the right time'

Mike Rutherford thinks the new Pop-Up Motor Show can be the perfect way to serve the demands of Britain's car users
11 Oct 2020
'Cars and their drivers are being disgracefully discriminated against'
Opinion

'Cars and their drivers are being disgracefully discriminated against'

With petrol and diesel cars potentially being killed off by 2030, Mike Rutherford thinks the government is unfairly attacking the ICE motorist
4 Oct 2020
‘I’d prefer less electric car hype and fewer broken promises’
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‘I’d prefer less electric car hype and fewer broken promises’

Mike Rutherford thinks realism is key to sustaining the growth of electric cars
27 Sep 2020
“Honda can, again, justifiably describe itself as a Ferrari-beater”
Opinion

“Honda can, again, justifiably describe itself as a Ferrari-beater”

Mike Rutherford thinks Honda is bouncing back thanks to its electric cars and motorsport involvement
20 Sep 2020
‘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'
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'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
"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'
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'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"
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"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