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Over 1.27 million cars were made in the UK last year, making it easier than ever for car buyers to choose a British-built model. Motoring expert Tim Barnes-Clay investigates


otor manufacturers such as Warwickshire-based Jaguar saw production increase, thanks to the success of the luxury


new XJ and XF models. Happily, sales fi gures were impressive enough for Jaguar’s owners, Tata Motors, to confi rm its two UK plants will remain open to cope with demand. With that heartening news in mind it seemed appropriate to visit Jaguar’s home in Gaydon, where I was lent the XJ 3.0-litre diesel Portfolio. T e XJ takes a new approach to sustainable motoring. Constructed using Jaguar’s aerospace-inspired aluminium body technology,


the XJ is lighter than its rivals by at least 150kg which signifi cantly improves performance, handling and economy, while delivering increased strength, refi nement and safety. T e lightweight aluminium structure – with 50 percent recycled material – underpinned by a lifecycle approach to vehicle design and manufacture, enables the new XJ to minimise its carbon footprint. T is alone creates a potential saving of three tonnes of CO2 per vehicle, compared to a bodyshell made from new aluminium. It also off ers extremely attractive cost of ownership with impressive fuel economy and emissions performance across the range; high predicted residual values and 15,000-mile


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