The Renault group set up Renault do Brasil Automoveis – an industrial and commercial subsidiary in Brazil – in 1997. One year later, the Ayrton Senna manufacturing complex was opened in Curitiba. The complex now consists of three units: the passenger car plant (bodywork and assembly) opened in 1998, the engine plant, Mecanica Mercosul, opened in 1999, and the light commercial vehicle (LCV) plant, operated with Nissan.
More than 1 million passenger cars and light utility vehicles had rolled off the production lines of the Ayrton Senna complex by 2010.
In October 2011, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault announced that production capacity will be increased by 2013. Renault will produce an additional 100,000 vehicles a year in its Curitiba plant in 2013, creating 1,000 new jobs in the process.
The plant's annual capacity (passenger cars and LCVs) will be increased to more than 380,000 units per year. Capital outlay totals 500 million Brazilian reals, or about €200 million.