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Founded: 1924
Prevost H3-45

Prévost Car, better known as just Prevost (pronounced pray-voh), is a North American motorcoach manufacturer. It is owned by Volvo Buses, a division of Volvo Group, and has its corporate headquarters and major manufacturing facilities in Sainte-Claire, Quebec, Canada.


Prevost's history goes back to 1924 when cabinet maker Eugene Prévost created his first wooden coach body. This coach body was built on a REO truck chassis.[1]

Early buses used an all-wood body and frame. This was later changed to a metal body on a wooden frame. In 1945, Prevost produced their first all-metal body over an all-metal frame. The company became known as Les Ateliers Prevost in 1947, and as bus production increased, Prevost gradually phased out cabinet work and completely focused on motorcoach production by 1957.[2]

Industrialist Paul Normand acquired the company and renamed it Prevost Car Inc. in 1957. They focused on developing more reliable and comfortable motorcoaches. Their new product, the Le Normand, made its debut in 1957.[3]

Prevost entered the United States market with dealership in New Jersey which opened in 1967. This was soon followed by one Los Angeles. In, 1968 two American businessmen, Thomas B. Harbison and William G. Campbell partnership with then Prevost President André Normand, and became the company’s sole owners in 1969.[4]

Prevost produced North American's firs 102 inch wide motorcoaches in 1984, and in 1985, produced North America's first the articulated motorcoach the Prevost H5-60. The development of the H5-60 lead to the introduction of Prevost's H-Series motorcoach in 1989.[5]

In 1995, Prevost was acquired by Volvo Bus Corporation and Henlys Group plc. Prevost received ISO 9001 certification covering their manufacturing and design operations in 1997. The following year, they received ISO 14001 certification for environmental management systems related to manufacturing and design operations.[6] Prevost acquired transit bus manufacturer Nova Bus in 1998, and in 2004, Volvo became the sole owners of Prevost and Nova Bus.[7]

In early 2008, the Volvo D13 engine was made an option for Prevost coaches as Detroit Diesel announced that it would no longer sell its engines to companies outside of the Daimler family starting in 2010. The first production Volvo powered X3-45 models were built for Wilson Bus Lines of Templeton, Massachusetts. In December 2008, Prevost announced that they will sell Volvo's 9700 coach in North America. It formally made it's debut at the 2009 United Mtorcoach Association Expo in Florida. [8]


  • Sainte-Claire, QC (35 Blvd. Gagnon, Sainte-Claire, QC) - Headquarters and bus assembly

Parts and service centers

  • Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (15200 Frye Rd., Fort Worth, TX)
  • Jacksonville, FL (6931 Business Park Blvd., North Jacksonville, FL)
  • Mira Loma, CA (3384 De Forest Circle, Mira Loma, CA)
  • Nashville/Whites Creek, TN (529 Hickory Hills Blvd., Whites Creek, TN)
  • Quebec City, QC (850 ch. Olivier, Saint-Nicolas, QC)
  • South Plainfield, NJ (201 South Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ)

Current products

Past products




  1. Prevost Car Heritage - 1920s. (archived). Retrieved on 13 August 2009.
  2. Prevost Car heritage - 1940s. (archived). Retrieved on 13 August 2009.
  3. Prevost Car heritage - 1950s. (archived). Retrieved on 13 August 2009.
  4. Prevost Car heritage - 1960s. (archived). Retrieved on 13 August 2009.
  5. Prevost Car heritage - 1980s. (archived). Retrieved on 13 August 2009.
  6. Prevost Car heritage - 1990s. (archived). Retrieved on 13 August 2009.
  7. Prevost Car heritage - 2000s. (archived). Retrieved on 13 August 2009.
  8.,, retrieved on 2008-12-21

External links

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