Volvo Buses is a worldwide bus manufacturer based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The company manufactures chassis and complete buses, and use Volvo engines and transmissions.
Volvo built their first bus on a truck chassis in 1928. Over the next three decades, Volvo would continue to innovate in the bus market with their own bus chassis, their own diesel engines, and a mid-chassis engine placement. Their first chassis to sell in large numbers, the B58, was introduced in 1965.
Volvo Buses is created as an independent division within the Volvo Group in 1968. Volvo buses acquires a number of companies between 1981 and 2004 with the first acquisition, Karossfabrik AB in 1981. Leyland Motors is acquired in 1998, and the popular Olympian continues under Volvo Buses. In 1995, Volvo becomes part owner of Prevost Car of Quebec, Canada. Volvo acquires Finish body company Carrus OY and Mexican manufacturer MASA in 1998. The same year, Volvo acquires a share in Nova Bus, a Canadian transit bus manifacturer. The remaining 50% of Prevost Car is acquired in 2004, and Volvo becomes the parent to Prevost and Nova brands.
- Volvo Buses Milestones, volvo.com, retrieved on 2009-09-30
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