The Friday Five:The Stinger Scorpion, Scandinavian ‘Stang, Somebody’s Watching Me Edition

Christian Wardlaw | Jun 04, 2021

This week, we covered the changes to the 2022 Buick Enclave, 2022 Jaguar F-Type, 2022 Toyota 4Runner, and 2022 Toyota Tacoma

We also published previews of the 2022 BMW i4, 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross, and 2022 Toyota GR 86. Several car companies also teased future reveals of the 2022 Ford Maverick, 2023 Kia Sportage, and 2022 Lexus NX.

If you’re shopping for a full-size pickup truck, you’ll want to check out our Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500 comparison. We’ve also got a couple of new reviews this week: 2021 Subaru Forester and 2021 Toyota Prius.

Lastly, we’ve got an explainer discussing the differences between turbocharging and supercharging.

But that’s not everything that was happening in the automotive space.

Scorpions Sting. Get it? - Find the best Kia deals!

Since “Super Bee” is a Dodge thing, Kia is adding a new Scorpion Special Edition to its refreshed 2022 Stinger lineup. The Stinger Scorpion is based on the top-of-the-line GT2 trim level and comes with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. It is on sale now, with prices starting at $52,585, plus destination.

2022 Kia Stinger Scorpion Special Edition Gray Front Quarter View

If that sounds expensive, remember that this is the fully loaded Stinger with exclusive equipment, built in small-batch quantities. Kia is making 250 of them per month, and only for the U.S. market.

What makes it a “special edition” car? Some blacked-out trim, unique wheels, a body-color spoiler, and simulated carbon-fiber interior panels. It comes in white, black, or silver, with your choice between red or black premium leather seats.

Souped-up Supra Limited to 600 Examples - Find the best Toyota deals!

Another U.S.-only special edition debuted this week. Toyota plans to make just 600 examples of the 2022 GR Supra A91-CF, and the “CF” stands for carbon fiber. 

Equipped with a functional carbon fiber body kit and rear duckbill spoiler, the Supra A91-CF sits on matte-black 19-inch wheels and comes in white, yellow, or a matte-gray color called Phantom. The interior is red and black, rendered in leather and Alcantara suede. Naturally, it has carbon-fiber interior trim.

In addition to the styling modifications, the new GR Supra A91-CF includes a complimentary one-year membership to the National Auto Sport Association, complete with free expert driving instruction during one High-Performance Driving Event.

Electric Mustang Tops Sales Charts in…Norway? - Find the best Ford deals!

Ford’s electric Mustang Mach-E is in the news this week. Again. Apparently, according to a Reuters report, it was the best-selling vehicle in Norway in May 2021.

If it seems strange that an American electric vehicle would be a best-seller in a European country, you’re not alone. But keep a few things in mind:

  • Ford designed, engineered, and is building the Mustang Mach-E for global markets, not just North America
  • Norwegians have adopted EVs big time. According to the Norwegian Road Federation, in May, they accounted for over 60% of all new vehicle sales in Norway.
  • Ford has built more electric Mustangs this year than it has gasoline-fueled Mustangs.

That last one is a little misleading. Due to the global microchip shortage, Ford has prioritized production of the Mach-E over other Mustangs. And in the U.S. market, the gas versions outsell the electric by a wide margin. But in Norway, the electric pony is a hit.

Y’all Drivin’ Crazy

Remember 2020? Stuck at home? Nowhere to go? Nothing to do? Your car collecting cobwebs as it sat unused for weeks, or even months, at a time?

Well, some people were out and about, and they were treating U.S. roadways like a session of Burnout Paradise.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), vehicle miles traveled in the U.S. declined 13.2% in 2020, but traffic accident fatalities rose 7.2%. And this is despite ever safer vehicles in terms of structural integrity and technology.

So, what happened? The NHTSA says people drove too fast, drove impaired, and didn’t wear their seatbelts.

There is some good news to report. Fatalities related to crashes with large trucks fell slightly, by 2%. And motorist deaths among people aged 65 and older declined by 9%.

Your Tesla Might be Watching You (Finally) - Find the best Tesla deals!

Speaking of risky driving, it seems that Tesla is fed up with moronic owners who activate Autopilot and then climb out of the driver’s seat to enjoy their “self-driving car.”

According to Engadget, new Teslas have an active eye-tracking camera mounted above the rearview mirror. The publication reports that notes accompanying a software update (2021.4.15.11) explain that the camera will “detect and alert driver inattentiveness while Autopilot is engaged.”

Tesla continues to use steering wheel torque to measure driver engagement with the technology, which has proven easy to thwart by the owners referenced above.

For the record, Teslas have Level 2 driving assistance technology. They’re not even close to Level 4 or Level 5 capability. And regulators haven’t yet approved any Level 3 advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS).

So take that whole “Full Self Driving” thing with a grain of the proverbial salt.

The automakers and trusted publications are the sources of information for this article. It was accurate on June 4, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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