Daimler Buses North America
Freightliner, a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler, acquired Thomas Built Buses in 1998, followed by Orion Bus Industries in 2000. In January 2002, DaimlerChrysler reorganized it's North American bus business into a new division called DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses North America (DCCBNA). The division consisted of Thomas commercial buses, Orion transit buses, and Setra coaches. On September 25, 2006, DaimlerChrysler officially integrated Orion, Setra, and the new Sprinter brand under the DCCBNA corporate name. By this time Thomas had focused solely on school buses.
With the sale of Chrysler in 2007 by Daimler, DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses North America became known as Daimler Commercial Buses North America. The company eventually dropped the word "Commercial" from the name and became known simply as Daimler Buses North America in 2008.
On April 25, 2012, Daimler announced they were restructuring their operations in North America. As a result, production of Orion transit buses would end after the remaining orders were completed. Daimler cited a slowdown in the transit market for ending operations and did not forecast an improvement in the immediate future. The aftermarket parts business was soon purchased by New Flyer Industries for approximately $29 Million. Daimler partnered with Motor Coach Industries, taking minority ownership stake in MCI and appointing MCI the exclusive North American distributor of Setra coaches.
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- DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses North America Completes Integration of Brands, theautochannel.com, retrieved on 2009-09-05
- Daimler Buses Reconfigures Operations in North America (Press release). Canadian Newswire. 25 April 2012. Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
- 25 April 2012. Daimler closing Ontario bus factory that supplies TTC. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved on 27 April 2012.
- Swain, Glenn (25 April 2012). Daimler ends Orion production. BUSRide Magazine. Retrieved on 27 April 2012
- "New Flyer Buys the Orion Aftermarket Parts Business of Daimler Bus for US$29M." The Canadian Press, 2013.