|Orion Bus Industries|
|location||350 Hazelhurst Road, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5J 4T8|
|key people||Dr. Andreas Strecker, President and CEO |
Patrick Scully, Chief Commercial Officer
|area served||Canada, United States|
|employees||1,400 (US and Canada)|
Orion Bus Industries is a Mississauga, Ontario, Canada-based bus manufacturer established by the government of Ontario in 1975.
It was known as Ontario Bus Industries until 1995 and was created to produce buses for the province's transit agencies in the late 1970s. Since 1990, except for two small orders from New Flyer and NovaBus, it has been the exclusive supplier of buses to the TTC.
In 1982, Orion opened a plant in Oriskany, New York under the name "Bus Industries of America"; founded by Donald Sheardown to manufacture buses for the United States market.
Orion Bus Industries was the first bus manufacturer to use compressed natural gas as an alternative fuel on the Orion I model in 1988 and it is also the first one to use on diesel hybrid electric on the Orion VI model, making them the leader of alternative fuels market.
Orion was acquired byDaimlerChrysler in July 2000, and became part of DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses North America. In 2007 DaimlerChrysler sold Chrysler and became Daimler AG, thus DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses North America became Daimler Commercial Buses North America.
Current Models Edit
- Orion VII Next Generation (2007-present)
Past Models Edit
- Orion I (1976-1993)
- Orion II (1983-2003)
- Orion III (1985-1989)
- Orion IV (1985-1989)
- Orion V (1989-2008)
- Orion VI (1995-2004)
- Orion VII (2001-2007)