Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Jaguar XJ: A Greener Luxury Car

Jaguar, a segment of Tata Motors, has been honored with a prestigious Green Award in the luxury car segment. The Jaguar XJ earned the award due to its fuel efficient, low emission power plant and recycled aluminum body.

The XJ is equipped with a 275PS 3.0-litre AJ-V6D Gen III turbodiesel engine that gets 40 mpg. That is the same fuel efficiency as a gas powered Smart subcompact car. Although the car can go from 0-60mph in an impressive 6.0 secs, it has CO2 emissions of only 184g/km and NOx emissions of 0.142g/km.

Geoff Cousins, managing director of Jaguar UK said, "Environmental considerations are increasingly important to car buyers. By taking a lifecycle approach to the new XJ we have minimised the amount of materials used, we use recycled material and low-energy manufacturing processes, as well as making the vehicle easy to recycle at the end of its life."

Jaguar's aluminium body carries about 50 percent recycled material and the company plans to increase that figure to 75 percent. This feature will save three tons of CO2 per vehicle.

For its niche, the XJ is a greener car, but the emphasis is on luxury, performance and impressive styling.

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