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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.

"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
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“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

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'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
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“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
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Our tribute to the legend that is Sir Stirling Moss
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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
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'Sorry Jeep, but Kia now makes the best all-American SUV'
Kia

'Sorry Jeep, but Kia now makes the best all-American SUV'

With Kia winning the World Car of the Year 2020 award with the American-built Telluride, Mike Rutherford believes Kia has beaten Jeep at their own gam…
18 Apr 2020
“UK motor industry – your country and its people need you”
News

“UK motor industry – your country and its people need you”

Mike Rutherford thinks the motor industry can still do more to help provide life-saving medical kit
12 Apr 2020
'The advice around what we should do before, during and after we drive our cars is less than clear'
News

'The advice around what we should do before, during and after we drive our cars is less than clear'

Only essential driving during the Coronavirus lockdown is allowed, but what we need to do before, during and after our journey isn't as clear, says Mi…
5 Apr 2020
'The temporary shutdown of car factories could benefit manufacturers and customers'
News

'The temporary shutdown of car factories could benefit manufacturers and customers'

With car factories around the world closing temporarily, it may give manufacturers the chance to clear out the current backlog of unsold new cars, say…
28 Mar 2020
'Car exhibitions are going through the most dramatic period of change in a generation'
News

'Car exhibitions are going through the most dramatic period of change in a generation'

With the changing car market, the government's petrol & diesel ban plus the unprecedented Coronavirus, the car exhibition industry is going through a …
22 Mar 2020
'Motor shows won't be killed off, but they must drastically change'
Opinion

'Motor shows won't be killed off, but they must drastically change'

Mike Rutherford thinks motor shows will still exist in the future, but are likely to become shorter and less expensive to stage
16 Mar 2020
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'This is our chance to decide the fate of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars'
Opinion

'This is our chance to decide the fate of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars'

The public is being called on by the government to offer their views on the proposed ban of new petrol/diesel sales and it is our duty as motorists t…
7 Mar 2020
'Small cars will remain best-sellers for years to come'
Opinion

'Small cars will remain best-sellers for years to come'

With the ever-changing automotive landscape, Mike Rutherford still believes that the humble small car will have a powerful place in the car market
2 Mar 2020
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‘Think of your dash cam as a witness helping your cause’
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Opinion

‘Think of your dash cam as a witness helping your cause’

We should embrace dash cams to help protect law-abiding drivers, argues Mike Rutherford
28 Feb 2020
'Widen HS2 into a multi-vehicle transport corridor with lanes for cars'
Opinion

'Widen HS2 into a multi-vehicle transport corridor with lanes for cars'

HS2 is going ahead but Mike Rutherford says the £106bn project should include lanes for cars and HGVs
26 Feb 2020
Germany losing car domination
OPINION Twin Test
Audi

Germany losing car domination

With Audi's unprecedented early exit from World Car of the Year, Mike Rutherford asks is Germany losing its motoring domination
15 Feb 2020
Electric cars need to be cheaper
OPINION EV_Grant_Slash
Opinion

Electric cars need to be cheaper

Electric cars need a sharp drop in price quickly if they are to overtake ICE cars before the 2035 Government ban, says Mike Rutherford
8 Feb 2020
Don't stop visiting the EU
OPINION European driving
Opinion

Don't stop visiting the EU

As Britain exits the European Union, Mike Rutherford believes this shouldn't discourage drivers from travelling to the continent
2 Feb 2020
“JLR desperately needs a range of smaller cars and SUVs”
Opinion - Jaguar E-Pace
Jaguar

“JLR desperately needs a range of smaller cars and SUVs”

Could Jaguar Land Rover become the latest brand to join the PSA empire? Mike Rutherford thinks it would be a good idea for both parties
26 Jan 2020
'Small, inexpensive cars rule the road in the UK'
OPINION new car sales
Opinion

'Small, inexpensive cars rule the road in the UK'

The 2019 new car sales figures have shown that value for money is top priority for new buyers, says Mike Rutherford
18 Jan 2020
The rest of the world is better at handling motoring than us
OPINION Foreign Traffic
Opinion

The rest of the world is better at handling motoring than us

The rest of the world is far greater at dealing with cars and transportation than the UK, says Mike Rutherford
12 Jan 2020
Brexit will help us create the best capital for EVs
OPINION EV_Grant_Slash
Opinion

Brexit will help us create the best capital for EVs

Britian has the chance to turn into one of the truly great capitals of the world for electric cars, says Mike Rutherford
4 Jan 2020
“Are manufacturers offering unmissable New Year deals? Nope”
Opinion - Volkswagen Golf
Opinion

“Are manufacturers offering unmissable New Year deals? Nope”

With new car sales on the decline in the UK, Mike Rutherford wonders if manufacturers could be doing more
29 Dec 2019
Local authorities remain addicted to running their on diesel
Opinion - diesel
Opinion

Local authorities remain addicted to running their on diesel

Mike Rutherford thinks some local councils can class themselves among Britain’s most active hypocrites
15 Dec 2019
None of the political parties deserve our vote
Opinion - parliament
Opinion

None of the political parties deserve our vote

As the election looms, Mike Rutherford says that none of the major parties deserves our votes based on their unrealistic motoring policies
8 Dec 2019