Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Bye Bye C-Class
Currently, Mercedes builds the C-Class in South Africa, Germany, and at its plant in Vance, Alabama. That third one soon.
Mercedes has announced that it's planning to invest $1 billion into the Alabama plant to build electric cars as part of its EQ sub-brand. The electric push could displace the C-Class, but we just don't know when. The best prediction? 2021, when the model is redesigned. But there is no idea where it'll be going, if it moves, yet.
IndyCar's New Oval Qualifying
Previously, IndyCar's qualifying order on ovals (other than Indy) was set with a random lottery. This wasn't popular with a lot of drivers and teams, so .
In 2018, that order will be set by owner points, which will allow for some regularity and make it less of a crapshoot. It'll also put drivers that are higher in the points on track at more opportune times.
Aston Martin Recall
Aston Martin is recalling 5,000+ cars. 3,493 2009 - 2016 DB9s, DBSs, Rapides, Virages, and Vanquishes are being recalled as park may not engage and the cars can roll away. An additional 1,953 DB9s and DBSs are being recalled for a fire risk caused by a battery cable.
Please, get your Astons fixed.