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Torque

July - August 2019

Powered by the most experienced motoring journalists in the business, Torque fuels the nation's obsession with cars. The title's turbocharged contents provide a complete read for the car shopper, car owner and driving enthusiast alike. Torque's authoritative reviews, useful comparison tests, relevant features and real-world motoring tips are stylishly presented and expertly written. Every issue of Torque is engineered to deliver a terrific reading experience "behind the wheel".

Country:
Singapore
Language:
English
Publisher:
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd
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torque

GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CAROLINE NGUI nguislc@sph.com.sg GROUP EDITOR RAYMOND GOH raygoh@sph.com.sg EDITORIAL CONSULTING EDITOR CHRISTOPHER TAN christan@sph.com.sg EDITOR JEREMY REGAN CHUA jerechua@sph.com.sg WRITER WONG KAI YI kaiyiw@sph.com.sg SENIOR MANAGER, ADMINISTRATION AND EDITORIAL SUPPORT UNIT JULIANA CHONG julianac@sph.com.sg ADMIN ASSISTANT HO MEI SAN meisanho@sph.com.sg CREATIVE ART DIRECTORS ASHRUDDIN SANI ashdin@sph.com.sg JASON TAN jasontan@sph.com.sg MICHAEL CHIAN cmichael@sph.com.sg RAY CHRISTIAN TICSAY rayt@sph.com.sg CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER VERONICA TAY verontay@sph.com.sg EXECUTIVE PHOTOGRAPHERS FRENCHESCAR LIM frenchl@sph.com.sg TAN WEI TE tanweite@sph.com.sg PHOTOGRAPHERS DARREN CHANG darrenc@sph.com.sg VEE CHIN veechin@sph.com.sg PHYLLICIA WANG wanglix@sph.com.sg VIDEOGRAPHER GONG YIMIN gongym@sph.com.sg ALICIA CHONG aliciac@sph.com.sg EXECUTIVE, EDITORIAL SUPPORT WENDY WONG wwong@sph.com.sg VIDEO LAB GRAPHIC DESIGNERS SHERRY LEUNG MUHAMMAD FIRDAUS MAHADI BRAND LAB DIRECTOR ONG TING NEE tingnee@sph.com.sg EDITOR GRACE CHUA cshgrace@sph.com.sg ASSOCIATE EDITOR SHAIRAH THOUFEEKH AHAMED stahamed@sph.com.sg SENIOR WRITER NIDA SEAH seahnida@sph.com.sg ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER NURASYIDAH ABDUL RAZAK nsyidah@sph.com.sg SENIOR ART DIRECTOR NECCOL WOO neccolw@sph.com.sg ART DIRECTOR KIM WONG kimwong@sph.com.sg BUSINESS SOLUTIONS GENERAL MANAGER PANG LEE CHENG panglc@sph.com.sg GROUP ACCOUNT MANAGER RAY QUA ACCOUNT DIRECTOR – BANKING & INSURANCE AJIT ABRAHAM ACCOUNT DIRECTOR – TECH, COMMS, MEDIA, EXHIBITIONS MICHELLE TAN ACCOUNT DIRECTOR – WEDDING, ENTERTAINMENT, TRAVEL JOE TAN MARKETING DEVELOPMENT MANAGING DIRECTOR GEOFF TAN tancs@sph.com.sg DIRECTORS, PARTNERSHIPS & STRATEGY EILEEN CHIA elchia@sph.com.sg JOVARY JOSE jovaryj@sph.com.sg DIRECTOR,…

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fonder

Absence, as they say, makes one’s heart grow fonder. Some readers might be wondering why you’re not seeing new issues of Torque as often as before. In case you missed it, Torque went bimonthly from the May/June issue. However, instead of producing fewer stories, we are actually delivering more content than before – in digital form. The Torque site (torque.com.sg) is updated every day. Most of the stories are original. The response from the industry and community has been very positive. We have also started embedding videos with our stories. And as promised, 2019 is an event-filled year. There are two more BWTs (Breakfast With Torque) and our annual Torque On The Move to look forward to. Indeed, instead of being absent, Torque is now more present than ever. We hope this makes readers’ hearts grow even fonder…

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boosting torque

CHRISTOPHER TAN Electric taxis have some ways to go before they become economically feasible (pg 10). WONG KAI YI Our busy writer compared two saloons (pg 20), drove the Porsche Cayenne Coupe (pg 52) and tested the Nissan Leaf’s performance (pg 58). LYNNTAN She looks forward to autonomous cars, but wonders what she will review as a motoring writer when they finally arrive (pg 14). SHREEJIT CHANGAROTH He checks out the Nissan Leaf’s engineering (pg 58) and explains why dented aluminium panels are so troublesome. (pg 74). TONYTAN Mr Pragmatic discusses the Nissan Leaf’s practical aspects and imagines what it would be like to own one (pg 58). LIONEL SEAH He went on a Mediterranean holiday and drove the Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet in sunny Greece (pg 38). DR KONG YONGYAO SARJEET SINGH DR ANDRE LAM EDRIC PAN TOH YONG CHUAN…

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shuji oishi

“AT SUZUKI, WE HAVE SET OURSELVES A VERY BIG TARGET TO INCREASE OUR VOLUME. BY 2030, WE WANT TO SELL 7 MILLION CARS.” SHUJI Oishi cuts a smart, almost fatherly figure in a military green top and faded blue jeans, gamely posing for a photo in front of the new Suzuki Jimny whose launch I attended. The Jimny is striking, brilliantly so, in its signature launch colour of Kinetic Yellow (though it’s closer to green if we’re honest). And it’s part of a bright future for Suzuki Motor Corporation, which not too long ago announced a crazily ambitious plan to double their annual global sales to 7 million by 2030, a point that Oishi-san references in our interview. It’s a future that he has had a hand in shaping. A younger Oishi-san wouldn’t have…

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electric? dream on

IN 2015, I asked the Economic Development Board (EDB) why Chinese vehicle maker BYD was accorded tax exemption on a fleet of cars intended for commercial for-profit use. The exemption, for around 100 vehicles, cost the state several millions in foregone tax revenue. The 100 electric BYD cars were to provide taxi services here as a trial. So, the question had relevance. The question was significant on another front. In 2002, the EDB said the Transport Technology Innovation and Development Scheme (Tides) was “not intended to confer commercial benefits to individuals or fleet operators”. It was responding to a Business Times article on Honda’s Intelligent Community Vehicle System (ICVS), which deploys a fleet of tax-exempt hybrid Civics for a car-sharing scheme. In its reply to my BYD query, the EDB said: “Any incentive support is…

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cycling is in the genes

For the last 15 years, ŠKODA has been a main sponsor of the world’s most famous cycling race – the Tour de France. Taking place over three weeks, the 3500km Tour de France features flat roads and mountain passes. Victory requires enduring commitment and absolute passion – qualities that are synonymous with ŠKODA. Said Alain Favey, ŠKODA’s board member for sales and marketing: “ŠKODA and cycling go hand in hand.” After all, ŠKODA’s success story began with the production of bicycles back in 1895. Closer to the present, ŠKODA recently announced that it will be the main partner and vehicle partner for the Tour de France until 2023. One such ŠKODA model that will be part of the Tour de France is the brand’s flagship Superb which serves as the famous Red Car – the…

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