Jaguar is posed to attract a lot more interest from the corporate sector with the launch of its fleet-friendly four-cylinder diesel engine.
The new 190bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine has CO2 emissions of 149g/km and fuel consumption of 53.2mpg on the combined cycle, achieved with the help of stop start technology.
Andy Shaw, corporate operations manager at Jaguar, told Fleet News it was a “massively important” model for the manufacturer.
He said: “We’ve been crying out for a sub-160 CO2 and at long last it’s here, so we couldn’t be more pleased.”
However, the 3.0-litre diesel also has lower CO2 emissions and better fuel consumption than before, now achieving 44.8mpg and 169g/km of CO2.
“If we can make the XF available to people that it wasn’t available to before then hopefully they’ll consider us and that’s all we can ask for,” said Shaw.
Jaguar has decided to take a new approach to its corporate strategy in 2011, by changing how its corporate sales team was originally deployed on a geographical basis.
Blue chip business is now the sole focus of two members of the corporate sales team, while three more are concentrating on its dealer network looking after its SME business.
“We know we need to spread awareness in the fleet market, but we’re very optimistic about what we can now offer the sector,” concluded Shaw.