What does Curitiba do?

The Ayrton Senna complex opened in 1998, one year after the founding of Renault do Brasil, the Group's Brazilian subsidiary. The Curitiba site has three activities:

  • a passenger car plant (bodywork and assembly) ;
  • an engine plant, Mecanica Mercosul, opened in 1999 ;
  • an LCV plant, opened in 2000 and run with Nissan as part of the Alliance.

The Curitiba plant manages the pressing, body assembly, paintwork and final assembly of vehicles prior to their distribution through the Renault network.

The main vehicles built on the two production lines are: Logan, Sandero, Duster and Mégane II.

Since 1998, the site has built more than one million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. From 2013, the plant will build an additional 100,000 vehicles/year, taking its total annual capacity to more than 380,000 units.


The Curitiba site has been ISO 14001 certified since 2003, and is pursuing a range of initiatives to minimize its ecological footprint. Plant waste is recovered through appropriate processes: polystyrene offcuts, for example, are used to make decorative objects or building materials. The stormwater recovery and recycling system put in place on site has cut water consumption fourfold.