Novelis has announced it is supplying aluminium for the Jaguar XFL (longwheelbase XF), the first Jaguar model from Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive.

The XFL launched in China on 29 August and features a body-in-white made of 75% aluminium, the highest aluminium content achieved by an automaker to date in the Chinese automotive marketplace.

Jaguar XFL’s design builds upon the successful launch of the Jaguar XE and XF models in Europe, which also featured Novelis aluminium and applies the same Novelis premium alloys, Novelis Advanz, throughout the majority of the body-in-white. The application of Novelis’ innovative aluminium solutions makes the mid-sized luxury sedan 28% stiffer than the first generation model1. The light, stiff and strong aluminium-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 aluminium body shop. Most of the aluminium 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 aluminium automotive sheets, Novelis’ Changzhou plant supplies aluminium to global automakers in Asia and beyond.

“Novelis has been working with Jaguar Land Rover to develop advanced automotive aluminium solutions for years, and we are honoured to be involved with the first Jaguar model of Chery Jaguar Land Rover,” said James Liu, managing director of Novelis China, and vice president, automotive, Novelis Asia. He added, “With nearly 40 years of expertise in the global automotive industry and local production capabilities in China, Novelis is looking forward to deepening collaborations with Chery Jaguar Land Rover and further boosting automotive aluminium light-weighting applications within the Chinese market.”

Novelis says it is uniquely positioned to meet the increasing global demand for aluminium given its unmatched global footprint and its legacy of working alongside customers to develop new and innovative automotive products. 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.

Strong sales in China, boosted by the launch of the locally-built Jaguar XFL, helped Jaguar Land Rover achieve its strongest global September sales to date, selling 61,047 vehicles, up 28% compared to 2015.