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.

'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”
Opinion

“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

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'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’
Opinion

‘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'
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
"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