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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.
Columns by Ray Hutton
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
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
17 March 2016
Can the Mercedes-based Q30 finally establish the premium brand of the Renault-Nissan alliance?
9 February 2016
The boss moves on as the supercar maker rides high, untouched by the troubles of its owner, writes Ray Hutton.
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.
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.
21 October 2015
The replacement for the Defender could be JLR’s greatest challenge, says Ray Hutton