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Novelis China supplying aluminum-intensive solutions for Jaguar XFL; 75% Al in Body-in-White

Novelis is supplying aluminum solutions for the all-new Jaguar XFL, the first Jaguar model from Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Co., Ltd. (CJLR). The XFL launched in China on 29 August and features a body-in-white made of 75% aluminum, the highest aluminum content achieved by an automaker to date in the Chinese automotive marketplace.

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Jaguar XFL’s advanced design builds upon the successful launch of the Jaguar XE and XF models in Europe, which also featured Novelis aluminum and applies the same Novelis premium alloys, Novelis Advanz, throughout the majority of the body-in-white. The application of Novelis’ innovative aluminum solutions makes the mid-sized luxury sedan 28% stiffer than the first generation model. The light, stiff and strong aluminum-intensive body benefits the vehicle with greater flexibility to incorporate complex technology, compared with conventional body platforms.

Novelis’ Changzhou plant in China is the local supplier for the Chery Jaguar Land Rover Changshu Plant, China's first purpose-built aluminum body shop. Most of the aluminum alloys featured in the Jaguar XFL come from Novelis’ Changzhou Plant, with the remainder to be sourced from Novelis’ Sierre plant in Switzerland.

As China's first facility dedicated to manufacturing heat-treated aluminum automotive sheets, Novelis’ Changzhou plant supplies aluminum to global automakers in Asia and beyond.

Together with automakers, Novelis is working to design a new generation of lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles with reduced life-cycle emissions where a 10% weight reduction can result in a five to seven percent fuel savings.

Novelis is the only automotive supplier producing high-strength, military-grade aluminum on all three major auto-producing continents—North America, Europe and Asia—in Oswego, N.Y. (earlier post); Kingston, Ontario; Sierre, Switzerland; Nachterstedt and Goettingen, Germany; and Changzhou, China. Novelis automotive aluminum is featured in more than 180 vehicle models currently in production by the world’s leading automakers.

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