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Founded in Quebec in 1924 by cabinet and wooden bus builder, Eugene Prevost, the company is the oldest coach manufacturer in North America.
Scores of special guests including past and present employees, government officials and people from the community attended. The extensive vehicle display at the celebration featured current Prevost model coaches — including the newly redesigned X3-45, a converted motorhome and a corporate coach as well as a mobile service van and a beautiful 1952 Prevost Citadin antique bus restored by the Heritage Society of Sainte-Claire.
One longtime licensed reseller of Prevost motorcoaches and other OEM brands can attest to how the durability of the buses reflect the longevity of the brand.
“You’re getting a bus that’s been built for 50, 60, 70 years,” said Dan Goff, the owner of SuperMax Motors in Charlottesville, Va., and operator of A. Goff Limousine and Bus. “There is not another coach dominant in America like Prevost that’s used, vetted, and relied on worldwide.
“It’s clear Prevost is the No. 1 brand in the market for drivers and company owners,” Goff said. “They have far more service facilities and manufacture all of their components so they are not at the whimsy of a myriad of suppliers for parts, engines and transmissions.”
No matter where Prevost operators are based in the world, you get the same positive reaction to its quality, Goff said. “When you think of Prevost, you know you can pick up a phone and call a family company owned by a worldwide conglomerate that didn’t kick the family out. They gave them the resources to build the best bus in the market.”
ABOUT: Prevost is a leading manufacturer of premium intercity touring coaches and the world leader in the production of conversion coaches for high-end motorhome and specialty conversion. As part of the Volvo Group, it has access to the financial strength, research capability, and manufacturing expertise of the group. The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy-duty diesel engines. Prevost has its main manufacturing facilities in Sainte-Claire, Quebec, Canada and has sixteen Parts and Service Centers located throughout the U.S. and Canada. www.prevostcar.com
Sources: Prevost press release; Martin Romjue, LCT editor
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