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Top 10 new cars honoured in Singapore’s most prestigious ST-Torque Awards 2015

Singapore, 7 January 2016 – Torque, Singapore’s leading motoring monthly, presented trophies today to the 10 “Best in Class” winners at the ST-Torque Awards 2015, including the coveted Straits Times Car of the Year 2015 award, which went to the BMW i8.

This is the fifth time that Torque – a monthly motoring title published by SPH Magazines – has partnered with The Straits Times to select the best cars of the year, based on a robust voting system that sets the standard for automotive awards in Singapore.

The contenders are rated against their typical rivals based on nine criteria: performance, handling, ride, build quality, economy/efficiency, ergonomics, styling, value for money and the X factor.

The awards ceremony was held in Portico Prime, a modern European restaurant in Dempsey. Portico Prime’s special menu for the event featured items inspired by the judging criteria of ST-Torque Awards 2015, such as “performance” beef short ribs, “good handling” oysters, “efficient” feta cheese and “well-built” brick cakes.

There are nine judges on the ST-Torque Awards 2015 panel, headed by Christopher Tan, senior correspondent at national newspaper The Straits Times, consulting editor at Torque magazine and Singapore’s foremost motoring journalist for the past 30 years. Christopher’s co-driver in the judging panel is David Ting, editor of Torque and a 20-year motoring media veteran.

The ST Car of the Year and the collaborative ST-Torque Awards are the country’s most authoritative editorial recognition of vehicular excellence.

Mr Christopher Tan, consulting editor at Torque and senior correspondent of The Straits Times, said: “The ST-Torque Awards are recognised by both the motor trade and the motoring public for the rigorous process by which winners are selected. Our voting is systematic and our product assessments are fair, objective and reliable.”

Mr David Ting, editor of Torque, said: “Since 2011, our ST-Torque Awards have been the most respected editorial validation of new cars in Singapore. We congratulate the manufacturers and distributors of 2015’s winning models, and we look forward to the next batch of potentially award-winning contenders!”

Attendees who accepted the awards on behalf of their respective car brands and winning models included company directors, general managers and senior executives.

Mr Axel Pannes, managing director of BMW Group Asia, commented on the Straits Times Car of the Year 2015 award for the BMW i8: “This is an extremely proud moment for BMW, as it is the first time a car brand has won the Straits Times Car of the Year award for two consecutive years, with the i3 winning in 2014. Both BMW i vehicles are game changers, and the award of this top Singapore automotive accolade reinforces how special these cars truly are.”

Announced in the January 2016 issue of Torque, the latest winners are:

ST-TORQUE “BEST IN CLASS” WINNERS FOR 2015
Straits Times Car of the Year 2015 – BMW I8
Best 3-Litre Sports Utility Vehicle – Audi Q7
Best 2-Litre Sports Utility Vehicle – Volvo XC90
Best Mid-Size Sports Utility Vehicle – Kia Sorento
Best Luxury Saloon – BMW 7 Series
Best Category A Hatchback – Citroen C4 Cactus
Best Category B Saloon – Ford Mondeo
Best Mid-Size Coupe – Lexus RC
Best Supermini – Mazda 2
Best Convertible – Mazda MX-5

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For images of the award ceremony and winning cars, please contact:

Jasmine Koo
Assistant Manager, Marketing (Torque)
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd
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About Torque

Since its inception in 1990, readers have trusted Torque as the authority when it comes to cars and the car culture. From test driving the latest cars to appreciating all things automotive, Torque is the trusted opinion leader.

As the automotive authority, Torque features the latest motoring news, informative articles and unbiased test-drive reports in a visually stunning package of top-quality photography and sleek design. Backed by a team of seasoned and passionate motoring journalists, Torque is the staple of car enthusiasts.

Torque is also distributed in Malaysia.

About SPH Magazines 

A leading publisher in Singapore and the region, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of media organisation Singapore Press Holdings Limited. 

With a proven track record for sterling editorial content, award-winning designs and creative solutions, SPH Magazines together with its subsidiaries, Blu Inc Holdings (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Blu Inc Media (HK) Limited and Blu Inc Media China, raise the bar as a dynamic publisher. In its stable are about 100 titles in the region, in English, Chinese and other languages, covering lifestyle, fashion, beauty, society, bridal, health, men's lifestyle, automobile, parenting, decor, new media and business. All the newsstand publications, including flagship title Her World, and other titles such as Female, Cleo, The Women's Weekly, Harper's BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan, The Peak, ICON, Home & Decor, Nuyou, Torque, Asia-Pacific Boating, AsiaSpa and LP Luxury Properties are among the highest-circulating titles and best-read in their respective lifestyle categories.

In addition, websites such as herworldPLUS.comHardwareZone.com and Luxury-Insider.com have extended its reach online, engaging readers with interactive content, capturing audience beyond print. 

SPH Magazines' established editorial unit provides excellent custom publishing services to major corporate clients by producing custom lifestyle magazines, newsletters and other collaterals to meet their business needs. clickTRUE Pte Ltd, an associate company of SPH Magazines, is a Pay Per Performance online marketing company specialising in Online Media Planning, Search Engine Marketing and Optimisation, Web Analytics Consultancy and Landing Page Optimisation. 

With a vision to continue regional growth, SPH Magazines is set to hold a leading position in publishing in Asia, with a presence in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines and Vietnam. 

As a Publisher of Choice, SPH Magazines aims to deliver the best to meet the diverse needs and interests of readers and advertisers.

Visit www.sphmagazines.com.sg for more information.