S traits Times Car of the year 2018
Unlike last year’s very close finish, which saw the first- and second-place contenders separated by just two points, this year’s ST-Torque Awards was more decisive.
The sizzling Kia Stinger emerged as the ST Car of the Year (COTY) 2018, with a score of 315 points. The next closest contender, the muscular Audi RS4 Avant, had 294 points to its name. The even mightier BMW M5, which was just a single point behind, finished in third.
This is the first time in the history of the ST-Torque Awards that a Korean car has claimed the top spot.
Of the past eight winners, four are German (Porsche in 2011, Volkswagen in 2013, BMWs in 2014 and 2015), two are British (Jaguar in 2010 and Land Rover in 2011), one is Swedish (Volvo in 2016) and one is Japanese (Lexus in 2017). The 5-litre Lexus LC500 is also the first 8-cylinder winner since 2010’s Jaguar XJ, which came with a V8 engine option.
The ST-Torque Awards panel of 11 judges congratulates Kia and Cycle & Carriage on the Stinger being Straits Times Car of the Year 2018 – please enjoy the trophy.