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Nova Bus is a bus manufacturing company based in Wikipedia:Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada. The company is now owned by Prevost, which is a division of Volvo Buses.

Nova Bus was created by a reorganization of the transit bus division of MCI in 1993, and continued the production of the Classic model (which was started by General Motors Diesel Division Buses in late 1982) until MCI bought the transit division in 1987. The RTS model, originating from General Motors, was also acquired by NovaBus.

They currently produce a single product, the Nova LFS, a low-floor urban transit bus, which was introduced in 1995. The last Classic model was produced in 1997. After closing their American assembly plants in Wikipedia:Roswell, New Mexico, and Niskayuna, New York, in 2002, Nova Bus basically withdrew from the American bus market, instead primarily focusing on Canadian transit.


NovaBus now produces a series of vehicles developed from the Nova LFS.

  • 40 foot Low floor transit bus with a stainless steel structure and diesel engine.
  • 40 foot Suburban bus (single and two door variations)
  • 40 foot shuttle bus
  • 60 foot articulated bus, currently completing testing, with full production expected in 2007, and orders are anticpated by RTC, who have already called for tenders on an articulated bus order, and STM in Montréal.

NovaBus is now marketing a hybrid electric bus as well, using an Allison hybrid drive system in order to help them compete better with their main rivals who already offer hybrid buses. This should also help NovaBus become more competitive outside of eastern Canada (where few NovaBus products have been sold), and to provide this option to Quebec-based systems, who usually only purchase from NovaBus, as the nine large, public systems in that province purchase as a consortium and receive a lower price by doing so than if they each called for individual tenders.



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