Torque accolade for top cars

The Straits Times Car of the Year 2017 - Lexus LC500 (From far left) Torque consulting editor Christoper Tan, marketing director of Borneo Motors Samuel Yong and Torque editor David Ting. Best Family Saloon - Renault Megane Sedan Best Seven-seater SU
(From left) Torque consulting editor Christoper Tan, marketing director of Borneo Motors Samuel Yong and Torque editor David Ting.PHOTOS: GONG YIMIN, PORSCHE, ST FILE
The Straits Times Car of the Year 2017 - Lexus LC500 (From far left) Torque consulting editor Christoper Tan, marketing director of Borneo Motors Samuel Yong and Torque editor David Ting. Best Family Saloon - Renault Megane Sedan Best Seven-seater SU
The Straits Times Car of the Year 2017 – Lexus LC500PHOTOS: GONG YIMIN, PORSCHE, ST FILE
The Straits Times Car of the Year 2017 - Lexus LC500 (From far left) Torque consulting editor Christoper Tan, marketing director of Borneo Motors Samuel Yong and Torque editor David Ting. Best Family Saloon - Renault Megane Sedan Best Seven-seater SU
Best Executive Saloon – BMW 5-seriesPHOTOS: GONG YIMIN, PORSCHE, ST FILE
The Straits Times Car of the Year 2017 - Lexus LC500 (From far left) Torque consulting editor Christoper Tan, marketing director of Borneo Motors Samuel Yong and Torque editor David Ting. Best Family Saloon - Renault Megane Sedan Best Seven-seater SU
Best Family Saloon – Renault Megane SedanPHOTOS: GONG YIMIN, PORSCHE, ST FILE
The Straits Times Car of the Year 2017 - Lexus LC500 (From far left) Torque consulting editor Christoper Tan, marketing director of Borneo Motors Samuel Yong and Torque editor David Ting. Best Family Saloon - Renault Megane Sedan Best Seven-seater SU
Best Seven-seater SUV – Mazda CX-9PHOTOS: GONG YIMIN, PORSCHE, ST FILE
The Straits Times Car of the Year 2017 - Lexus LC500 (From far left) Torque consulting editor Christoper Tan, marketing director of Borneo Motors Samuel Yong and Torque editor David Ting. Best Family Saloon - Renault Megane Sedan Best Seven-seater SU
Best Family SUV – Volkswagen TiguanPHOTOS: GONG YIMIN, PORSCHE, ST FILE
The Straits Times Car of the Year 2017 - Lexus LC500 (From far left) Torque consulting editor Christoper Tan, marketing director of Borneo Motors Samuel Yong and Torque editor David Ting. Best Family Saloon - Renault Megane Sedan Best Seven-seater SU
Best Compact SUV – Audi Q2PHOTOS: GONG YIMIN, PORSCHE, ST FILE
The Straits Times Car of the Year 2017 - Lexus LC500 (From far left) Torque consulting editor Christoper Tan, marketing director of Borneo Motors Samuel Yong and Torque editor David Ting. Best Family Saloon - Renault Megane Sedan Best Seven-seater SU
Best Flagship Saloon – Porsche PanameraPHOTOS: GONG YIMIN, PORSCHE, ST FILE
The Straits Times Car of the Year 2017 - Lexus LC500 (From far left) Torque consulting editor Christoper Tan, marketing director of Borneo Motors Samuel Yong and Torque editor David Ting. Best Family Saloon - Renault Megane Sedan Best Seven-seater SU
Best Seven-seater MPV – Renault Grand ScenicPHOTOS: GONG YIMIN, PORSCHE, ST FILE
The Straits Times Car of the Year 2017 - Lexus LC500 (From far left) Torque consulting editor Christoper Tan, marketing director of Borneo Motors Samuel Yong and Torque editor David Ting. Best Family Saloon - Renault Megane Sedan Best Seven-seater SU
Best Family Crossover – Peugeot 3008PHOTOS: GONG YIMIN, PORSCHE, ST FILE
The Straits Times Car of the Year 2017 - Lexus LC500 (From far left) Torque consulting editor Christoper Tan, marketing director of Borneo Motors Samuel Yong and Torque editor David Ting. Best Family Saloon - Renault Megane Sedan Best Seven-seater SU
Best Premium SUV – Volvo XC60PHOTOS: GONG YIMIN, PORSCHE, ST FILE

10 cars honoured at the annual ST-Torque Awards

Torque, Singapore's leading motoring monthly, paid tribute to the best cars of 2017 at the annual ST-Torque Awards on Tuesday .

In total, 10 cars were picked for raising the bar in their respective segments, with the stunning Lexus LC500 - named The Straits Times Car of the Year 2017 - taking the top honours. It was the first such win for Toyota-Lexus and its local distributor, Borneo Motors.

For the seventh year running, Torque - a monthly motoring title published by SPH Magazines - partnered The Straits Times to select the best new 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 equivalent rivals based on nine criteria: performance, handling, ride, build quality, efficiency/economy, ergonomics, styling, value for money and the X factor.

A panel of 12 judges headed by veteran automotive journalist Christopher Tan deliberated on the merits of each contender before voting.

Mr Tan, consulting editor of Torque and senior transport correspondent at The Straits Times, says: "For what appeared at first to be an uncharacteristically dry year, 2017 actually gave us a number of mouth-watering cars. Cars like the Lexus LC500, Peugeot 3008 and Volvo XC60.

"The annual ST-Torque Awards pays tribute to them, as well as all the others which have emerged as segment leaders."

  • ST-TORQUE AWARD WINNERS FOR 2017

  • The Straits Times Car of the Year 2017 - Lexus LC500

    Best Compact SUV - Audi Q2

    Best Executive Saloon - BMW 5-series

    Best Flagship Saloon - Porsche Panamera

    Best Family Saloon - Renault Megane Sedan

    Best Seven-seater MPV - Renault Grand Scenic

    Best Seven-seater SUV - Mazda CX-9

    Best Family Crossover - Peugeot 3008

    Best Family SUV - Volkswagen Tiguan

    Best Premium SUV - Volvo XC60

Torque editor David Ting adds: "Thanks to continuous advancements in automotive design and vehicular technology, good cars are being introduced every year without fail. Some of them, however, go beyond 'good', by scoring great marks in the score sheets of the ST-Torque Awards and convincing the judges that they are the best cars of the year, in their respective categories."

Mr Samuel Yong, marketing director of Toyota-Lexus distributor Borneo Motors, accepted the ST Car of the Year 2017 award for the Lexus LC500.

"Winning the ST Car of the Year is a great honour for the Lexus LC500," he said. "The win is definitely a strong endorsement of Lexus' renowned craftsmanship and bold design."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 20, 2018, with the headline 'Torque accolade for top cars'. Print Edition | Subscribe