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Ray Hutton


Ray HuttonBiography

Ray has 40 years’ experience reporting and commentating on the motor industry and its products.

A former editor-in-chief of Autocar, he has been freelance since the 1980s. Long-time clients have included The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times (motoring and business), Car and Driver USA, and Motor Trader magazine. Ray has also contributed to most UK newspapers and many motoring and motor industry publications worldwide. He is the Honorary President of the international Car of the Year Jury, having served 12 years as its executive president.

Author of a number of books, the most recent being Jewels in the Crown: How Tata of India transformed Britain’s Jaguar Land Rover.

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Hutton's Critique

Experienced industry writer Ray Hutton looks behind company news to review market trends and company performances in the context of corporate strategies.

Articles by Ray Hutton


Suzuki is strong in small cars and has a leading presence in IndiaSuzuki on the rebound - Analysis

1 November 2016

Although it is a relatively small carmaker keen to retain its independence, Suzuki is not averse to cooperating with other automakers and has a long history of doing so. The company recently announced exploratory talks with Toyota over R&D collaboration. Ray Hutton considers Suzuki's strategy.


Carlos Ghosn in front of the new fifth generation Micra in Paris last week. The new Micra has the building blocks of autonomous drive, including advanced safety features. It goes on sale in March and includes many firsts for its segment, such as 'Intelligent Emergency Braking' with pedestrian recognition – a first for a Nissan car in Europe. Ghosn raises Nissan Qashqai question-mark for UK

3 October 2016

The manufacturing location for the next generation Nissan Qashqai is an investment decision that will largely be determined by the shape of Brexit and the progress of UK-EU negotiations for the UK’s exit from the EU that will start in 2017. In Paris last week, we heard Renault-Nissan Alliance chief Carlos Ghosn set out his latest thoughts on Brexit and other issues.


Skoda Kodiaq was first glimpsed publicly in camouflage at this summer's Tour de FranceVW stands back to let Seat and Skoda shine

27 September 2016

Not so long ago, in the London Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson chose his 10 ‘stinkers’ - the worst cars sold in the UK. With his tongue even more firmly in his cheek than usual, he described the Seat Leon as ‘a nondescript waste of metal’ and the Skoda Superb as having ‘the same amount of soul as a fridge freezer’.


Land River's Terrain-Based Speed Adaption (TBSA) uses cameras to sense bumpy terrain including uneven and undulating surfaces and washboard roads, potholes and even standing water. It can then predict the potential impact of these surfaces on the car’s ride and automatically adjust speed to keep passengers comfortable.Jaguar and Land Rover – together but different

1 August 2016

Separated at dual retailers, Jaguar and Land Rover both benefit from the manufacturer’s increasing autonomy – and the prospect of autonomous vehicles, says Ray Hutton.


Tough job, but someone's got to do it...Volkswagen counts the cost of 'dieselgate' - Analysis

31 May 2016

Volkswagen Group pushed expected liabilities from the diesel scandal into the 2015 accounts, so that it can make a new start with a new boss and a new organisation, writes Ray Hutton. However, 2016 is shaping up to be a challenging year for the company.


Infiniti Q30 is made at Nissan's Sunderland, UK, plantWill Q30 finally establish Infiniti as a premium success?

17 March 2016

Can the Mercedes-based Q30 finally establish the premium brand of the Renault-Nissan alliance?


Stephen Winkelmann was well suited to lead the Lamborghini brand within VW Group; he now moves to AudiAnalysis - Bull market for Lamborghini

9 February 2016

The boss moves on as the supercar maker rides high, untouched by the troubles of its owner, writes Ray Hutton.


As part of Jeep's global expansion strategy, Jeep Renegade is now made and sold in BrazilFCA's Jeep goes around the world - analysis

7 January 2016

In 2009, as Chrysler was emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and Sergio Marchionne moved in to take control, no-one expected that, five years later, Jeep would become the star of the combined Fiat and Chrysler ranges.


The Tivoli's sharp styling and aggressive pricing has lifted SsangYong sales, with the promise of more new vehicles on related architecture to comeIndian summer for SsangYong - ANALYSIS

24 November 2015

SsangYong, the smallest, oldest, and worst-named of Korea’s motor manufacturers, has finally produced a car that measures up to the competition in the European market. The Tivoli is a B-sector supermini-SUV crossover which bears comparison with the Nissan Juke and Opel/Vauxhall Mokka which lead this expanding class – and with UK prices starting at GBP12,950, undercuts equivalent models by GBP2,000 or more.


Is the 'next Defender' destined for manufacture in Slovakia?COMMENT: Land Rover Defender: Death and revival

21 October 2015

The replacement for the Defender could be JLR’s greatest challenge, says Ray Hutton




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