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Top 10 new cars awarded at Singapore’s prestigious ST-Torque Awards 2016

Singapore, 6 January 2017 – Torque, Singapore’s leading motoring monthly, presented trophies today to the 10 “Best in Class” winners at the ST-Torque Awards 2016, including the coveted Straits Times Car of the Year 2016 award, which went to the Volvo S90.

For the sixth year running, Torque – a monthly motoring title published by SPH Magazines – has partnered with The Straits Times (ST) 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 were rated against their typical rivals based on nine criteria: performance, handling, ride, build quality, efficiency/economy, ergonomics, styling, value for money and the X factor.

The awards ceremony was held in 1919 The Waterboat House, which serves contemporary European flavours in a historical setting. About 50 invited guests enjoyed a delicious four-course lunch with a delightful sea view.

There were 10 judges on the ST-Torque Awards 2016 panel, headed by Christopher Tan, Senior Transport Correspondent of 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 was David Ting, Editor of Torque and a 21-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 of Torque and Senior Correspondent of The Straits Times, said: “It is fair to say the judges behind the awards all love cars. If nothing else, these annual accolades are a tribute to the cars which made their eyes spark a little brighter and their hearts beat a little faster in 2016.”

Mr David Ting, Editor of Torque, said: “Cars will get even better in the future and might not even need drivers, let alone testers. But until then, we've thoroughly tested these cars, which are now the ones to beat in their respective market segments. We congratulate the manufacturers and marketers of the latest batch of winning models.”

Ms Sabrina Sng, General Manager of Volvo, Wearnes Automotive, commented on the Straits Times Car of the Year 2016 award for the Volvo S90: “We are thrilled that the all-new Volvo S90 has clinched the prestigious Straits Times Car of the Year 2016 award. Winning this award, on top of many other global awards, is a testament to Volvo’s continued transformation as a luxury car brand and sets the tone for the future of all Volvo cars. The S90 has truly shaken up the premium sedan segment and now competes head-on with other competitors in the market.”

Announced in the January 2017 issue of Torque, the winners of ST-Torque Awards 2016 are:

Straits Times Car of the Year 2016 – Volvo S90
Best 4-cylinder Coupe – Ford Mustang
Best 6-cylinder Coupe – BMW M2 Coupe
Best Family Saloon – Honda Civic
Best Family Hatchback – Opel Astra
Best Hot Hatch – Audi RS3 Sportback
Best 4-cylinder Hybrid – Toyota Prius
Best 6-cylinder Hybrid – Honda Legend
Best 4-cylinder Rear-drive Luxury Saloon – Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Best 8-cylinder Sports Saloon – Lexus GS F

Download hi res images of the winning cars here:

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Lim Sok Ching
Assistant Manager, Marketing (Torque)
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd
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Vanni Cheong
Assistant Manager
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Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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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.

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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.

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