Prevost Car

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HeadquartersSainte-Claire, Quebec, Canada
RV (Coach Products)
ParentVolvo Buses (1995-present)
WebsiteOfficial website

Prevost (/ˈprv/, French pronunciation: ​[pʁevo]) is a Québec-based manufacturer of touring coaches and bus shells for high-end motorhomes and specialty conversions. The company is a subsidiary of Volvo.[1]


Place Eugène Prévost in Sainte-Claire
Prevost H3-45 of Tai Pan Tours

The company was founded in 1924 by Eugène Prévost (1898–1965), a cabinet maker specializing in church pews and school furniture, who in 1924 was asked to build a custom bus body for a new REO truck chassis. Les Ateliers Prévost, as the company was then called, received several repeat orders. Between 1937 and 1939, Prevost Car's first bus manufacturing plant was built. Initially the vehicles were built around a wooden frame. In 1945 this changed, and bodies were made of metal.

The company was acquired by Paul Normand in 1957. In 1969, two American businessmen formed a partnership with André Normand, then President of Prevost, to become the company's owners. These three men, in turn, sold Prevost to Volvo Bus Corporation in 1995.[2]

As of February 2007, the firm has 1,337 employees.

As of June 2019, Prevost operates 15 parts and service centers in North America, nine of them in the United States.[3]

The latest models saw the XLII thoroughly revised, with a longer wheelbase for more storage and a smoother ride. This, and other changes, marked the beginning of the new X3-45.

The flagship H3-45 received some further enhancements in 2006 with GPS and destination sign options. In addition, the new Delta sound system was developed to provide improved sound throughout the cabin.

For the new EPA 2007 Standards, Prévost now offers an innovative installation of the Diesel Particulate Filter and the Rooftop Diffuser for Increased Safety, Performance, Serviceability and Security. The standard Detroit Diesel has been uprated from 12.7 litres to 14 litres for the model year 2007.

For the 2008 model year, Prevost introduced a new Volvo D13 engine from their parent company as a replacement for the then-current Detroit Diesel Series 60 offering. The Volvo I-Shift semi-automatic transmission was introduced as an option to the Allison B500R transmission. A set of new interior colour schemes were developed for the 2008 model year to provide a modern feel. There are three "trim levels" ranging from fabric to leather and wood.

Beginning in 2011, the Prevost X3-45 is available in a transit configuration, with bi-fold doors instead of a sedan-type door. The New York City Transit Authority was the launch customer for this configuration. Previously, 20 transit-style buses in the LeMirage predecessor model had been built for GO Transit in the late 1990s.

Prevost is also the North American distributor of the Volvo 9700 motorcoach.

In 2019, the X3-45 was redesigned, getting a new headlight setup and a new rear end. This bus is available as an intercity coach or a transit coach.

Current products[edit]

Passenger Coaches
Photo Model Production Length(s) Configuration(s) Notes
H-Series[4] 1985–present
  • H3-40 (1989-1994)
  • H3-41 (1994–present)
  • H3-45 (1994–present)
  • H5-60 (1985-1992)
  • H3-40: 40 feet
  • H3-41: 41 feet
  • H3-45: 45 feet
  • H5-60: 60 feet
Intercity Coach
2021 Prevost X3-45 1395 Laid Up.jpg X3-45 2nd Generation 2019–present 45 feet Intercity Coach

Transit Coach

Redesigned X3-45 introduced in 2019
Volvo 9700[5] 2009–present Intercity Coach Assembled in Mexico by Volvo
Conversion Coaches
Photo Model Production Length(s) Configuration(s) Notes
X3-45 VIP[6] 2006–present 45 feet Motorhome


Ground Force One conversion.
H3-45 VIP[4] 1994–present 45 feet Motorhome


Former products[edit]

  • H5-60 articulated 79 passenger motorcoach manufactured from 1985 to late 1980s
  • H3-40 passenger coach first manufactured 1989
  • XLII (now known as the X3-45) sightseeing/passenger coach manufactured from 2000 to 2005
  • X3-45 first generation - produced from 2006 to 2019 then redesigned in 2019 for its second generation
  • XL40 Le Mirage XL sightseeing/passenger coach
  • 50-PI-33 passenger coach
  • 19-S transit bus manufactured from 1961 to 1967
  • 33-S 33 to 37 passenger motorcoach manufactured in the 1960s
  • Champion 41 to 50 passenger intercity coach manufactured from 1967 to 1981
  • Marathon 47 to 53 passenger intercity motorcoach
  • Prestige 41 to 50 passenger sightseeing/passenger motor coach manufactured from 1968 to 1981
  • Panoramique 41 to 49 passenger intercity motorcoach manufactured from the 1960s
  • Le Normand intercity passenger coach manufactured from 1957 to 1960
  • Prévocar intercity motorcoach manufactured in 1953
  • Skycruiser motorcoach manufactured from 1948 to 1949
  • V48-S motorcoach first manufactured in 1965
  • Citadin 33 to 37 transit bus manufactured in the 1950s
  • 1924 motorbus
  • 1939 suburban motor coach
Then President Obama boards the "Ground Force One" bus in 2011.

Ground Force One[edit]

Ground Force One is the nickname given to two heavily modified X3-45 VIP conversion coach owned by the United States Secret Service and used by the President of the United States and other high-ranking politicians or dignitaries.[7] Prevost built the coach as a conversion shell, the Hemphill Brothers Coach Company fitted out the interiors of the coach, and it is assumed that other features, like armor plating, were added by the Secret Service.[8]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2009-03-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-20. Retrieved 2009-03-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Prevost Parts & Service Centers (accessed 20 June 2019)
  4. ^ a b "Prevost Car H-Series - CPTDB Wiki". Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  5. ^ "Volvo Buses 9700 - CPTDB Wiki". Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  6. ^ "Prevost Car X3-45 - CPTDB Wiki". Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  7. ^ CP (17 August 2011). "Obama's Made In Canada Bus, 'Ground Force One', Gets President Criticized". Retrieved 19 April 2018 – via Huff Post.
  8. ^ "Canucklehead Obama bus-ted! (PHOTOS)". 17 August 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2018.

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