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.

'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

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'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
'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
‘WCOTY-winning Volkswagen ID.4 is good, just not as good as I expected’
Opinion VW ID4
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’
Opinion plug
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