Renault's engine plant in Brazil is to increase capacity by 25% between now and 2013 boosting output to up to 500,000 units.

The plant, inaugurated in 1999 at the Ayrton Senna production site in Curitiba, has already manufactured nearly 2.5m engines - 335,813 in 2011. The site has also exported over 1.2m units to neighbouring South American markets.

Brazil is the Renault group's second largest market and a key pillar in its international expansion strategy. Thanks to the success of the Duster and Sandero, Renault reported the biggest increase of any car brand in Brazil in the first half of 2012, achieving record market share of 6.8%. It is aiming for an 8% share of the market by 2016.

Renault has three plants at the Curitiba Ayrton Senna Complex with car and commercial vehicle factories as well as the engine facility. Annual PC and LCV capacity is over 280,000 units, a total set to increase by 100,000 vehicles a year starting in early 2013, according to chairman Carlos Ghosn.