At Jaguar Land Rover we are world leaders in the area of aluminium body construction for cars. The use of aluminium in an automotive application brings many benefits in terms of weight savings, improved fuel efficiency, lower emissions, increased crash safety and even better vehicle dynamics.
Use of aluminium across our range of cars is growing – from the all-new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport to the exciting new Jaguar F-TYPE sportscar and Jaguar XJ saloon. By introducing aluminium body structures to the Jaguar line initially, the weight of the cars was reduced by around 40%, using aluminium stamped panels, castings and extrusions. The same principles are now being applied to the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models – with weight savings on both cars in excess of 400kg.
As well as lowering emissions, there are other major environmental benefits in the lifecycle of the cars. For example, the aluminium sheets used to form the body panels are made of recycled material. We aim to increase this to 75% of the entire vehicle when feasible. The reduction in weight even has an impact on the environmental footprint of the cars when it comes to their shipping: less fuel is needed to transport them to the showroom and on to new customers.
Jaguar is developing an all-new advanced aluminium monocoque vehicle architecture, on which an exciting range of future Jaguars will be built. High-strength, lightweight and extremely stiff, the modular and scalable architecture will enable flexible high-volume production without compromising the unique character, dynamics, performance and luxury that Jaguar is famous for. This will enable Jaguar to grow its product portfolio, targeting high-growth areas of the premium market.