Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson
Used cars editor

Mark Pearson has been a motoring journalist for more than 12 years and is currently the used cars editor for both What Car? and its sister title Autocar

Mark spent his formative years at the BBC, where, at various times, he scheduled, broadcast and archived television and radio programmes and researched, wrote and produced promotional material.

After that it seemed natural to combine his lifelong interest in motoring with his enthusiasm for writing. He joined Haymarket initially as a data assistant, before rising through the ranks to be a data editor, a sub editor, a digital editor and a deputy used cars editor before taking up his current role in 2018.

As part of this, he oversees the used car content both in print and online, scheduling, commissioning, editing and writing content. 

He has also written for Classic & Sports Car and PistonHeads, presented online videos for What Car? and made appearances on BBC radio. 

Mark is an expert in:

  • Used cars
  • New cars
  • Classic and ‘Cult Hero’ cars
  • Motorcycles
  • Motoring history
  • Chocolate-coated Oreos

Mark Pearson Q&A

What was your biggest news story?

On the whole, the news is something up with which I try not to keep, reasoning that if it is important enough, I will get to hear of it eventually. The same applies to writing about it, more or less.

What’s the best car you’ve ever driven?

I find driving on tracks tedious, and supercars irrelevant for road use, so I would choose a supremely competent road car. Maybe an M440i, styling aside, or perhaps an Alpine A110, or maybe the latest Bentley Continental GT, if my journeys were longer. 

What will the car industry look like in 20 years?

Alas the future of the car industry is largely in the hands of politicians, perhaps the least qualified of all people to do the job. It'll be an 'interesting' ride.

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