Prevost celebrates 90 years by moving forward
Prevost, the leading manufacturer of premium motor coaches, is marking the 90th anniversary of its founding in 1924. From Eugène Prevost’s first wooden-frame bus body to today’s iconic Prevost X3-45 and H3-45 models, Prevost has been known for its unwavering commitment to quality, innovation, and attention to detail.
Gaétan Bolduc, Prevost President and CEO, said, “We are extremely proud to celebrate this milestone in Prevost’s history, and to reflect on how far we have come across the decades. That said, we have always been – and will always be – a forward looking organization.”
Eugène Prevost, whose wooden furniture business in his hometown of Sainte-Claire, Quebec was well respected by 1924, entered the motor coach business quite unexpectedly that year. A fellow Sainte-Claire entrepreneur who operated a small bus fleet needed a wooden coach body to sit atop a truck chassis he had purchased. He commissioned Prevost to build it.
After World War II, “Les Ateliers Prevost” was formed as a dedicated bus producer separate from the Prevost furniture business. The Prevost range of motor coaches expanded through the 1950s, and helped the company survive that decade’s massive shake-out in the industry. In 1957, Eugène Prevost passed the baton of ownership to two Canadian businessmen, who invested in new products and technologies, and charted a course for Prevost growth that would continue for decades to come.
The 1960s brought a new generation of ownership and, significantly, the beginning of Prevost’s expansion into the world of motorhome conversion coaches. This new market for Prevost would develop dramatically during the 1970s.
In becoming part of the Volvo Group in 1995, Prevost gained access to technological support and resources that have helped enable the company maintain its leadership position in such areas as powertrain efficiency and emissions, dynamic safety, and on-board telematics.
Consistent with a Prevost culture that is decidedly unaccustomed to resting on its laurels, the theme of the 90th anniversary will be “Moving Forward Since 1924”.
Throughout the 90th Anniversary year of 2014, prevostcar.com will feature a series of “Prevost Partner Profiles” to salute long-standing Prevost customers in both the seated coach and conversion coach sectors. Find out more