Jaguar Land Rover UK's Fleet sales for 2016 are already on track to be the best yet, growing by 84% in Q1 2016 compared to Q1 2015, as XE, XF, Evoque and Discovery Sport models all posted rapid fleet sales growth - evidence of Jaguar Land Rover's commitment to ensure 25% of its global sales will be to fleet and business customers by 2020. With the introduction of business-friendly models, including the XE and XF with CO2 from as low as 99g/km, Jaguar UK saw fleet sales grow by 194% from Q1 2015 to Q1 2016. Land Rover UK's performance in Q1 2016 was so strong that one-in-three fleet cars sold in sectors the brand competes in was a Land Rover. All of Jaguar Land Rover's key fleet models - the XE, XF Evqoue and Discovery Sport - grew their share of the fleet sector more than any of their rivals when comparing the whole of calendar year 2015. Likewise, where the Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport grew their share of the fleet sector, rival models saw their share shrink.
As the Jaguar XE celebrates its first full-year of sales, 'REALCAR', the pioneering recycled aluminium project that contributes to the awarding winning saloon's aluminium-intensive body has reached a significant milestone. Jaguar Land Rover has reclaimed over 50,000 tonnes of aluminium scrap, the weight of 200,000 XE body shells, back into the production process during 2015/16, preventing more than 500,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere by not using primary aluminium material. The figures are a result of project 'REALCAR' which involves 11 UK press shops implementing a closed-loop, segregating waste aluminium scrap so that it can be sent back into production to be re-melted into recycled aluminium sheet for use in Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. The Jaguar Land Rover-led research project, part funded by Innovate UK, also saw the development of a recycled aluminium-based alloy which can accept a higher percentage of the recovered scrap. In 2014, the Jaguar XE became the first car in the world to use this innovative high-strength aluminium alloy, developed by project partner Novelis. More than £7m has been invested across Jaguar Land Rover's own Halewood, Castle Bromwich and Solihull press shops to install intricate segregation systems to capture and distribute the aluminium scrap for re-melting, reducing waste, retaining higher quality and value in the material. Recovering aluminium in this way offers huge sustainability benefits, with aluminium recycling requiring up to 95% less energy than primary aluminium production.
The Jaguar XE has scored another victory over its rivals to be rated the safest Large Family Car on sale by crash safety testing body, Euro NCAP. It's the latest in a long line of successes for the XE, launched just nine months ago, which is also included on the shortlist for the prestigious European Car of the Year (ECOTY) title for 2016.
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