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Prevost 100th

The Value
of Heritage

Heritage is much more than history

It's a legacy of values that are passed along from one generation of Prevost people to the next; from our birthplace in Sainte Claire, Quebec, to every facility we operate; and to each of our converter partners. Our values are simple: an uncompromising commitment to quality, a drive for constant innovation and improvement, and dedication to safety and sustainability in every aspect of our business. Our heritage is crafting the finest motorhomes in the world for those who appreciate the value of a solid foundation.

Eugène Prévost with Bus Model
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History Highlights

Prevost takes great pride in its history and industry innovations. They include:

  1. 1924 Prevost Bus

    Eugene Prevost, a carpenter, was commissioned to build his first wooden coach body and mount it on a brand-new REO truck chassis.

  2. 1937

    From 1937 to 1939, in response to growing demand, the company built its first bus manufacturing facility.

  3. 1939

    Prevost obtained its first big contract from the Defense Ministry of Canada to build buses for soldiers and workers for war plants.

  4. 1945 Bus

    During the 1940s, the Prevost bus design changed from an all-wood body and frame to a metal body over a wooden frame. Then, in 1945, Eugene Prevost introduced the first all-metal body over an all-metal skeleton.

  5. Prevost Plant

    Prevost opts for a production in series, picture of the plant in 1948

  6. 1947 Prevost Bus

    The company resumed operations under the name Les Ateliers Prevost, and the plant had grown to 22,000 square feet. To handle customized work, the company's manufacturing facilities needed to be almost self-contained, with metal and woodworking shops, die-casting and plating facilities, and a foundry.

  7. Eugene Prevost,  Louis Bilodeau-VP- and Albert Lacombe-seller- in front of a luxury 37 passengers for Montreal Convention

    Prevost received 100 orders for highway buses from the Canadian government, 66 of which were for the Department of National Defense. This established Prevost as a reliable, high-performance motorcoach manufacturer.

  8. Paul Normand

    Industrialist Paul Normand acquired the company and renamed it Prevost Car Inc. Its mission was to design and build intercity motorcoaches offering optimal comfort and reliability.

  9. 1961

    The Travelair was a small, 25-foot, gas- or diesel-powered passenger coach used on airport shuttle runs and short intercity routes.

  10. 1961 model Panoramique

    The 40 foot Panoramique intercity parlor coach with broad side windows and Prevost's improved air-ride

  11. Prevost Champion 1966

    The revolutionary 1966 Prevost Champion was the first North American coach with an integral structure. This innovative coach also featured three axles, a split level, and air conditioning.

  12. 1967

     Prevost's first American dealership was opened in New Jersey, quickly followed by a second in Los Angeles. A third dealership was set up in Vancouver, Canada.

  13. 1968 Prevost Champion

    Prevost Introduced the Champion Model in 1968 with round windows of 42” high; it became the model Le Prestige in 1973 and was produced up to 1981.

  14. From left to right Thomas B. Harbison; André Normand and William G. Campbell

    Two American businessmen, Thomas B. Harbison and William G. Campbell, formed a partnership with André Normand, President of Prevost Car Inc., from 1968 to 1996, and became the company's sole owners. 

    From left to right Thomas B. Harbison; André Normand and William G. Campbell

  15. 1970

    The first Champion conversion shell rolled off the assembly line.

  16. Mirage Prevost 1976

    Prevost unveiled its hallmark Le Mirage, an eye-catching, futuristic passenger coach featuring roof-wrapping side windows, a rust-protected integrated frame, fluted all stainless-steel skirting, and much less riveting than other coaches of the time.

  17. 1978

    As longtime motorhome owners, Thomas Harbison and William Campbell contributed to the engineering of the first Le Mirage conversion shell, which was introduced at the 1978 Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) meeting. Prevost set new standards in reliability and versatility for high-end custom furbishing. Less than five years later, Prevost had achieved industry leadership. To this day the company remains the undisputed world leader in the manufacture of bus shells for high-end motorhomes and other specialty conversions.

  18. 1980

    A plant expansion was necessary to keep up with demand and establish the industry's leading in-house R&D team.

  19. 1984

    The outcome was well worth the effort: The first North American 102-inch, wide-body coaches and conversion shells were introduced—the Prevost Le Mirage XL and the Prevost XL.

  20. 1985

    The company expanded two more times, and Prevost brought revolutionary changes to the bus industry with the introduction of the articulated Prevost H5-60, the first in its H-Series, at the American Bus Association's annual meeting in Las Vegas. Prevost literally stole the show with its new-generation coach design that redefined existing standards for reliability, durability, and passenger comfort.

  21. Prevost H3-40

    The technical advances achieved by Prevost engineers with the development of this next-generation coach led to subsequent launches of a new line of premium touring coaches: the H3-40, H3-41, and H3-45. The H3-40 touring coach and H3-40 bus shells for high-end conversion were both introduced that same year.

  22. 1992

    Prevost introduced a long wheelbase 45-footer, the XL-45 Entertainer, engineered for traveling entertainers. It outsold all other competitive models.

  23. H3-45 1993

    Prevost launched 3 new models: H3-41 and H3-45 premium touring coaches as well as the H3-45 VIP bus shell for high-end conversion.

  24. 1995

    Prevost Car Inc. was acquired by Volvo Bus Corporation and Henlys Group plc.

  25. 1995

    Prevost introduced the Le Mirage XL-45 premium touring coach.

  26. 1997

    Prevost was the first North American bus manufacturer to earn the ISO 9001 certification covering manufacturing and design operations.

  27. 1997

    Prevost introduced frameless windows for remarkable panoramic viewing – a revolutionary development for tour and charter passengers.

  28. 1998

    The company's concern for the environment led to its ISO 14001 certification for environmental management systems related to manufacturing and design operations.

  29. 2000

    Production of the new Le Mirage XLII model started in January.

  30. 2002

    A facelift for the Prevost H-Series models broke new ground at the UMA Motorcoach Expo held in Indianapolis.

  31. 2004

    A facelift for the Prevost XLII models.

    Volvo Bus Corporation became the sole owner of Prevost Car Inc.

    Prevost introduced xenon headlights, which offer twice the luminosity of conventional headlights and last six times longer.

    Prevost introduced an exclusive, interchangeable wheelchair lift. It now takes less than 15 minutes for any compatible lift-ready Prevost to be ADA compliant.

  32. 2005 Prevost

    Prevost set the electrical multiplex system standard with its space-saving multiplex technology that provides outstanding reliability and performance. It is considered a second generation multiplex system.

  33. 2006

    Prevost launched the new X3-45 with the longest wheelbase of the industry, providing a smoother ride and the largest overall under-floor surface area for storage.

  34. 2009

    Prevost launched the Volvo 9700. Volvo’s commitment to efficiency and productivity complements Prevost’s commitment to quality and innovation, and the 9700 finds its place alongside the H3-45 and X3-45.

    Facelift for H series shows clean, sleek lines - introduced at the UMA Motorcoach Expo held in Orlando, Florida.

  35. 2011

    Prevost Aware helps drivers with automatic cruise braking

  36. 2013

    Prime energy management system using AGM batteries to optimize electrical systems demand

  37. 2017

    Prevost was the first to offer an electric fan drive system as part of their electrification plan

  38. 2019

    Updated X3-45 was introduced with new look and improved aerodynamics

    Surround Cameras offer drivers views of all exterior angles of the coach

    Driver Assist program helps drivers with ACB, Lane departure warning and incorporated a heads up display

  39. 2020

    Rental/Lease programs to meet operators' short-term and longer-term contracted needs

    Envirocare option introduced to help operators keep air and surfaces in coaches sanitized from bacteria and contaminants

  40. 2021

    eMirrors available in US and Canada improving sight of drivers even in low light conditions

    Cloud One exclusive Prevost seating for improving passenger comfort and ergonomics

  41. H3-45

    Prevost introduced its all-new, next-generation H3-45 during the 2023 UMA EXPO in Orlando, Florida