Renault Brazil’s powertrain plant started to operate in December 1999. Now, it is celebrating its 15 years, with more than 3.2 million units manufactured, from which 40% is shipped to overseas markets, including Argentina and Colombia. The factory is located in São José dos Pinhais, State of Paraná, at the Ayrton Senna Complex, with capacity to make 400 thousand engines a year.
The powertrain plant started to operate one year after the beginning of operations of the passenger car plant (1998). Today, it has approximately 450 direct employees. A number of powerplants is manufactured on the premises, including the 1, 1.2 and 1.6-liter engines, with 8 or 16 valves that run on gas or dual fuel, to equip models such as the New Logan, Duster, Sandero, Clio, Kangoo and Fluence, in addition to the Nissan Livina and March.
Renault engines stand out in the local market for their robustness and economy. As a result, six models manufactured by the brand were rated “A”, the highest rate given by INMETRO’s Fuel Efficiency Labelling Program (PEBV), for their lowest consumption levels in their respective segments. They were also certified by CONPET’s National Program for the Rational Use of Oil Derivatives.
The efficiency of Renault engines builds on the Renault Technology Americas (RTA). Established in 2007, the research center employs approximately 600 engineers in Brazil. Renault engines made in Brazil also embody the brand’s know-how gained through more than 100 years of history in the automotive industry and motorsports.