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Jaguar sets new standard with ‘most sustainable’ car

Global – Luxury car manufacturer Jaguar’s new model, the XE, generated a real buzz following its London launch owing to an ‘advanced lightweight construction’, with a ‘large part’ of the aluminium as well as other materials constituting recycled content, according to the company. This is the ‘first step’, it says, towards building cars boasting a 75% recycled content by the end of the decade.

Based on aerospace-inspired technology, the Jaguar XE is ‘the first car in the world’ to make use of a new grade of high-strength aluminium called RC 5754. This new alloy features a high level of recycled material, added to which up to 46 kg of recycled plastics has been incorporated.

The ‘most sustainable car today’ will go on sale in early 2015 and make ‘a significant contribution’ to Jaguar’s green ambitions, it is claimed. The XE ‘boasts the lowest cost of ownership of any Jaguar’, notes company vehicle line director Kevin Stride. The new modular vehicle architecture of the XE will ‘set the standard for driving dynamics in the mid-size segment’, he adds.

The ‘aluminium-intensive’ vehicle is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s all-new, purpose-built facility in Solihull, central England. Part of a £1.5 billion (US$ 2.5 billion) investment, this manufacturing facility will create 1700 jobs in the UK.

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