Prévost (pronounced pray-voh; the -st is silent) is a Quebec, Canada-based leading manufacturer of premium intercity touring coaches and the world leader in the production of conversion coaches for high-end motorhome and specialty conversion.
The company was first 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, Prévost Car’s first bus manufacturing facility was built. Initially the vehicles were built around a wooden frame. In 1945 this changed, and bodies were made of metal.
In 1957 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. In 1969, 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.
In 1995 Prevost Car Inc. was acquired by Volvo Bus Corporation and Henlys Group plc. In 2004 Volvo Bus Corporation became the sole owner of Prevost Car Inc.