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'The cure for slow electric car sales is simple - lower prices'
Mike Rutherford opinion - Skoda Enyaq tracking shot
Opinion

'The cure for slow electric car sales is simple - lower prices'

Mike Rutherford thinks the prices of electric cars is the number one thing deterring consumers from making the switch
14 Apr 2024
“I’m thrilled to lead Auto Express into a new era. We’ll build on what we have and make it even better”
Opinion - Paul Barker
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“I’m thrilled to lead Auto Express into a new era. We’ll build on what we have and make it even better”

Our new editor, Paul Barker says hello and sets out the stall for an Auto Express that’s better than ever
10 Apr 2024
‘It’s time for BMW to relaunch Triumph, and Rishi Sunak should help’
Opinion - Triumph
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‘It’s time for BMW to relaunch Triumph, and Rishi Sunak should help’

Mike Rutherford thinks there needs to be more British car companies selling sensibly priced cars on the world stage
7 Apr 2024
“After 12 years and 641 issues, it’s time to say a fond farewell”
Opinion - Steve Fowler
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“After 12 years and 641 issues, it’s time to say a fond farewell”

Steve Fowler’s time as our editor-in-chief has come to an end, but first he wants to say a few thank yous - starting with one for you
3 Apr 2024
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‘The UK should be fighting for a Chinese or Korean car factory’
Opinion - Hyundai factory
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‘The UK should be fighting for a Chinese or Korean car factory’

Mike Rutherford thinks UK politicians should be seeking to establish a new state-of-the-art and job-creating Asian car factory on British soil
31 Mar 2024
“Driving safely doesn't have to be boring”
Opinion - Steve Fowler driving
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“Driving safely doesn't have to be boring”

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks there should be more incentives for people who take additional driver training
27 Mar 2024
“The Dacia Spring might be as significant in the 21st century as the Citroen 2CV and VW Beetle were in the 20th”
Dacia Spring - opinion 2024
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“The Dacia Spring might be as significant in the 21st century as the Citroen 2CV and VW Beetle were in the 20th”

Mike Rutherford thinks many other manufacturers will have to follow the example set by Renault and Dacia when it comes to EVs
24 Mar 2024

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‘The influx of Chinese cars should drive European rivals to new levels of excellence’
Opinion - MG3
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‘The influx of Chinese cars should drive European rivals to new levels of excellence’

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks the arrival of Chinese cars in Europe is forcing many of the established brands to up their game
20 Mar 2024
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“MG is easily outselling Jaguar, Land Rover and Bentley combined”
Opinion - MG4
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“MG is easily outselling Jaguar, Land Rover and Bentley combined”

The wave of Chinese cars has arrived in the UK, and Mike Rutherford thinks it’s not about to stop any time soon
17 Mar 2024
“Vehicle-to-grid charging is the secret to electric cars that are incredibly cheap to run”
Opinion - vehicle-to-grid charging
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“Vehicle-to-grid charging is the secret to electric cars that are incredibly cheap to run”

The electric car is the future whether we like it or not and Andy Palmer believes the secret to mass adoption is getting the charging right
13 Mar 2024
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‘The Government is doing nothing to make electric cars more attractive’
Opinion - Renault Scenic
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‘The Government is doing nothing to make electric cars more attractive’

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks electric cars were largely forgotten in the latest Budget
13 Mar 2024
“Why would any retailer sell a new car at cost price?”
Opinion - Nissan dealer
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“Why would any retailer sell a new car at cost price?”

Mike Rutherford wonders if we really need ‘cars at cost’ schemes when they lack financial transparency
10 Mar 2024
'Budget 2024 missed the big chance to incentivise EVs and stop the blizzard of cheap Chinese car imports’
Opinion - Quentin Wilson
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'Budget 2024 missed the big chance to incentivise EVs and stop the blizzard of cheap Chinese car imports’

Quentin Willson of FairCharge thinks the failure to support the UK electric car industry in the 2024 budget could have far-reaching effects as cheap C…
6 Mar 2024
“A new Fiat Panda? This time it could be for real”
Opinion - Fiat Panda concept
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“A new Fiat Panda? This time it could be for real”

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler is excited that a new Fiat Panda could finally be on the way
6 Mar 2024
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"BYD, Dacia, MG and Renault are among the most impressive and in-touch car brands in the world"
Opinion - MG3
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"BYD, Dacia, MG and Renault are among the most impressive and in-touch car brands in the world"

Mike Rutherford is confused as to why so many car manufacturers avoided the 2024 Geneva Motor Show
3 Mar 2024
“The new Renault 5 oozes cool and desirability”
Opinion - Renault 5
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“The new Renault 5 oozes cool and desirability”

Editor-at-large John McIlroy thinks the Geneva launches of the Renault 5 and MG3 show that the death of the small car has been greatly exaggerated
1 Mar 2024
'Cheap SUVs are where the smart money's going in today's car market'
Opinion - Volkswagen T-Roc
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'Cheap SUVs are where the smart money's going in today's car market'

Mike Rutherford thinks sensibly priced SUVs are the natural successor to less spacious family hatchbacks
25 Feb 2024
“The £16k Dacia Spring is an electric car game-changer”
Opinion - Dacia Spring
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“The £16k Dacia Spring is an electric car game-changer”

With many people claiming electric cars are just too expensive, editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks the Dacia Spring’s arrival in the UK is exactly wh…
21 Feb 2024
“Some manufacturers are losing their appetite for electric cars”
Opinion - Ford Explorer
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“Some manufacturers are losing their appetite for electric cars”

With EV market share shrinking, Mike Rutherford thinks there might be delays to the proposed 2035 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars
19 Feb 2024
“Car crime will be a big issue at the next election”
Opinion - car crime
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“Car crime will be a big issue at the next election”

While some fingers are being pointed at manufacturers when it comes to car crime, editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks little is being done to tackle t…
14 Feb 2024
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“I love touchscreens, but please bring back buttons”
Opinion - touchscreens
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“I love touchscreens, but please bring back buttons”

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler laments the lack of physical buttons in almost all new cars
7 Feb 2024
“Government EV strategy needs a rapid recharge”
Opinion - Baroness Kate Parminter
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“Government EV strategy needs a rapid recharge”

Baroness Kate Parminter, chair of the House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee (and a Nissan Leaf driver), writes exclusively for Auto …
6 Feb 2024
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‘Car makers and insurance firms need to take a look at the real-world’
Opinion - WOMAC
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‘Car makers and insurance firms need to take a look at the real-world’

Mike Rutherford thinks it’s time wealthy companies in the global car business stepped up to assist those who need help
4 Feb 2024
“I hope motor shows will be around long into the future”
Opinion - motor show
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“I hope motor shows will be around long into the future”

With many manufacturers set to be absent at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, editor-in-chief Steve Fowler hopes they will support it in 2025 and beyond
31 Jan 2024
‘BYD is rubbing salt into Tesla’s wounds’
Opinion - BYD
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‘BYD is rubbing salt into Tesla’s wounds’

Mike Rutherford thinks BYD’s superb start to 2024 is part of the reason Tesla’s market valuation has plummeted
28 Jan 2024
‘Lancia’s reputation means the Ypsilon will face an uphill battle if it comes to the UK’
Opinion - Lancia
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‘Lancia’s reputation means the Ypsilon will face an uphill battle if it comes to the UK’

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler wonders whether Stellantis will bother bringing the Lancia Ypsilon to the UK
24 Jan 2024
‘Electric cars could end up like Betamax’
Opinion - Vauxhall Corsa Electric
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‘Electric cars could end up like Betamax’

Mike Rutherford thinks electric cars could end being priced out of the market - just like Betamax did almost 50 years ago
21 Jan 2024
‘Honda and Volkswagen disagree on whether new cars should be global or regional’
Opinion - Honda SpaceHub
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‘Honda and Volkswagen disagree on whether new cars should be global or regional’

While Honda is looking to reduce its global line-up, Volkswagen believes different car designs are needed for each region
17 Jan 2024
‘Don’t bet against BYD being the car company of the year in 2024’
Opinion - BYD
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‘Don’t bet against BYD being the car company of the year in 2024’

Mike Rutherford looks at the sales figures from 2023 and notices a growing trend heading into 2024
14 Jan 2024
“Reports of the death of the internal combustion engine are wildly exaggerated”
Opinion - combustion engines
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“Reports of the death of the internal combustion engine are wildly exaggerated”

Andy Palmer thinks that the internal combustion engine, in partnership with e-fuels, still has a big role to play if the application is right
12 Jan 2024
‘Better electric car incentives are needed to meet sales targets’
Opinion - Vauxhall Corsa Electric
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‘Better electric car incentives are needed to meet sales targets’

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler wonders what’s needed to tempt more people into owning electric cars
10 Jan 2024
“Too many people made life miserable for car users in 2023”
Opinion - traffic
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“Too many people made life miserable for car users in 2023”

After 2023 proved to be a tough year for car users, 2024 already looks much brighter
7 Jan 2024
“2024 will be the year of the cheap electric car”
Opinion - Honda
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“2024 will be the year of the cheap electric car”

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks manufacturers will be desperate to sell electric cars in 2024, so look out for some great deals
3 Jan 2024
“My car brand of the year is….Kia”
Opinion - Kia EV9
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“My car brand of the year is….Kia”

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler looks back at 2023 and thinks it's been a great year for Kia
25 Dec 2023