ST-TORQUE AWARDS

Sin­ga­pore’s best new cars of 2018 and the bestest, which is the Straits Times Car of the Year 2018.

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AN­OTHER year has come to an end, and the ed­i­to­rial team has picked the cars that di­lated our pupils, weak­ened our knees and set our hearts a-flut­ter. The new­com­ers of 2018 had to earn our points, too, in our ro­bust bal­lot sys­tem. Our panel of judges uses it to rate the short­listed con­tenders against typ­i­cal ri­vals and weigh their at­tributes against those of their peers.

Said ri­vals would in­clude other ST-Torque Awards fi­nal­ists where ap­pli­ca­ble, such as hav­ing sim­i­lar prices or com­pet­ing in the same, spe­cific mar­ket seg­ment.

On the score­sheets are the nine cri­te­ria which would be the most im­por­tant to any re­viewer/driver/ con­sumer in the won­der­ful world of cars – per­for­mance, han­dling, ride, build qual­ity, econ­omy/ ef­fi­ciency, er­gonomics, styling, value for money and the X fac­tor.

The qual­i­fy­ing pe­riod for the new cars in town and tested/ rated here was from Novem­ber 2017 till Novem­ber 2018. Only of­fi­cial Sin­ga­pore-spec cars brought in by au­tho­rised agents were con­sid­ered, and there was a $750,000 price cap.

Our panel of judges con­tin­ues to be headed by Straits Times Se­nior Cor­re­spon­dent Christo­pher Tan, the fore­most mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ist in Sin­ga­pore for the past 30 years.

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