This year, Groupe Renault, is celebrating 20 years of industrial presence in Brazil. With record market shares, Brazil is a land of opportunity for the Group. The investments made in the Ayrton Senna complex in Curitiba make it a high-performance industrial complex. Today, the site celebrates this anniversary and is delighted with the ranking of the Brazilian magazine Você S./A., which places Renault 8th out of 500 companies on the list of companies where it is good to work!
On March 20, following eight weeks of considerable renovation, Renault has inaugurated the extension of its Curitiba plant. This major production site for the South American market see its annual production capacity increase from 280.000 to 380.000 vehicles per year. Bear in mind that Brazil in now the 2nd market for Renault with 241.594 car sold in 2012 for a market share of 6.6%.
Like any business, Renault runs all year long for tender opportunites across the world. As a matter of fact, this sales channel is much more important than one may think. Among these contracts, some may sound more unique. Short selection of recent examples achieved by our subsidiaries in Brazil, Australia and our importer in Macau.
The 27th São Paulo Motor Show opened on October 22 in a favourable context for Renault since the brand recorded a 36.2% growth on the Brazilian market over 2011 (sales as of September). Various new models are ready to call the visitors attention on the 2,000 m² stand. Among them Novo Clio, Fluence GT and D-Cross Concept
The Renault-Nissan Alliance organises, outside Rio+20, electric vehicle test drives at HSBC Arena. Among them, Fluence Z.E. and...Twizy! It is the first time Renault Z.E. cars make an appearance in Brazil, Renault's second biggest market. UN delegates, Earth Summit participants and journalists, got a taste of zero emission driving and shared their impressions with us.
This entry is the first of several that will look at the strengths of the Renault group around the world. Our first focus is on the Americas region, spanning from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego. Results were impressive in 2011, with sales up 25.2% on 2010 at 400,000 units for a 6.1% share of the market.