Jaguar (and Land Rover) future models will have aluminum bodies
Tata Motors reveals that all vehicle models that we will be seeing in the future from Land Rover and Jaguar will use aluminum for their bodies. Jaguar has been using the technology for some of the members of their fleet and has acknowledged the aerodynamic and weight advantages of the approach.
The move will make Land Rover and Jaguar units a lot lighter and will enjoy fuel efficiency and mileage because of the change. Tata Motors which owns the two brands confirmed the move in the annual report of the company.
Tata makes the move following the negative performance of the tag team brands in 2008 which translates to a $1.1 billion loss. The lack of profit is blamed on the high cost of developing new models amid the global economic crisis. The other factors cited were the high expenses during production and the low demand of the market for luxury vehicles.
The use of aluminum for the panels of the new vehicle will actually mean higher cost of production. The company though is hoping that the efficiency gains will overshadow the cost. They are hoping to convince the buying public which has been clinging for greener rides.
The XK and XJ models of the Jaguar already use aluminum with its design – but it is new to the Land Rover Cars. The use of the material will allow designers to improve on the aerodynamics, performance, and safety of the future cars. Aluminum will also allow for the construction of a car body will lesser joints and parts which ultimately leads to a stiffer design.