Renault to increase engine production capacity in Brazil by 25%
Renault’s engine plant in Brazil is to increase capacity by 25% between now and 2013. It is extending surface area by 5,000 square meters to boost output to 400,000 to 500,000 units.
02 August 2012 17:00
The plant, inaugurated in 1999 at the Ayrton Senna production site in Curitiba , has already manufactured nearly 2.5 million engines, of which 335,813 in 2011. The site has also exported over 1.2 million powerplants to South American markets.
Brazil, the Renault group’s number-two market , is a key pillar in the Group’s international expansion strategy. Thanks to the success of Duster and Sandero, Renault reported the biggest increase of any car brand in Brazil in first-half 2012, achieving record market share of 6.8%. Renault is aiming for an 8% share of the market by 2016.
Renault has three plants at Curitiba at the Ayrton Senna Complex: a passenger-car plant, a light-commercial-vehicle plant and an engine plant. Annual PC and LCV capacity is over 280,000 units. This total will be increased by 100,000 vehicles a year starting in early 2013, said Carlos Ghosn last October.