31 Dec '16, 5am

Best buys of 2016: From hot hatches to sports cars

Best buys of 2016: From hot hatches to sports cars

Diesel and petrol-electric cars were the two fastest-growing segments this year. As at end-October, there were 9,530 diesel-powered cars on the road - 59.5 per cent more than at the end of last year. Their popularity grew despite the monumental diesel scandal which is still rocking the Volkswagen Group, an indication that Singaporean car buyers are swayed largely by their wallets. Diesel models get sizeable carbon rebates in Singapore and in many other cities because of their lower CO2 emissions, never mind that they tend to produce a lot more of other pollutants. Petrol-electric cars posted one of their biggest growth rates since they appeared more than 20 years ago. As at end-October, there were 8,801 petrol-electric hybrids here - 38 per cent more than at the end of last year. Despite the increase, the hybrid cohort is now trailing that of diesels for the first time. In...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/motoring/top-picks

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