All future JLR models will get lightweight aluminium bodies
3 August 2009

All future Jaguar and Land Rover models will use lightweight aluminium bodies, according to Tata’s chairman.

Jaguar has recently launched its new flagship XJ saloon and it makes use of aluminium in its body to help reduce its weight. Its aluminium chassis weighs around 40 per cent less than a traditional steel one.

Ratan Tata, the chairman of JLR’s parent company Tata, said in Tata’s annual report: “JLR is planning to have all its future cars constructed with lightweight aluminium bodies resulting in considerable savings in weight, and reduction in CO2 emissions.”

The previous generation XJ made use of an aluminium-intensive chassis, which helped keep its weight down below that of its rivals.

Fuel efficiency and emissions benefit from aluminium construction, as does the car’s performance handling.

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