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« on: July 02, 2006, 09:21:53 PM »

Ok, I heard two different stories.   Where is the MCI made and is it a USA company?  Also what about the Prevost?

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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2006, 05:34:18 AM »

I believe that Prevost buses are completely made in Canada and are now part of the Volvo Group of companies.

MCI was originally an independent bus manufacturer in Canada and then bought by Greyhound of Canada after WWII. Aroung 1960 it was taken over by Greyhound Corp. and bus bodies were built in Canada and the driveline installed in the US. It went through many changes (including a plant in Roswell, NM) and then sold to a Mexican company. Presently, I believe it is owned  by American fianciers.
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2006, 06:14:59 AM »

From http://www.mcicoach.com/AboutUs/history.htm

In 1933, Winnipeg repair shop owner Harry Zoltok introduced his first vehicle design, an 11-passenger body on a Packard chassis, sketched for his workers on the factory floor. It was that moment that the company then known as Fort Garry Motor Body and Paint Works Limited began a journey of growth and innovation.
 
The company took the name Motor Coach Industries in 1941, and remained a small regional builder of coaches until 1948, when Greyhound of Canada acquired 65 percent of the company. Ten years later, in 1958, Greyhound Lines of Canada Ltd., acquired the entire company, leading to some of the greatest advancements in models ever including the very first 40-foot coach, the MC-6, which evolved into the MC-9, the nationís all-time best-selling coach until recently, when it was displaced by the MCI D-Series. In 1994, Grupo Dina of Mexico bought MCI and embarked on a new era in motor coach manufacturing with the 1997 launch of the luxurious E4500 and the development of another model for Greyhound, the G4500. In June 1999, MCI was acquired by its current majority owners JLL Partners (Joseph Littlejohn & Levy), a leading private equity investment firm. In 2003, MCI invested $40 million (U.S.) in the expansion of its Winnipeg ISO-certified plant and moved the production of the G4500 from its former Mexico plant to Winnipeg, integrating the model into the E4500/J4500 mixed-platform line.

Today, with headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, and plants in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Pembina, North Dakota, Motor Coach Industries is North America's leading manufacturer of intercity coaches serving charter and tour operators; line-haul and scheduled-service operators; transit agencies; and conversion companies. With more than 2,000 employees, MCI also operates six sales centers and seven MCI Fleet Support service centers and is a leading supplier of coach and bus replacement parts.
 
       
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2006, 10:53:30 AM »

In short...MCI's RULE!!!!!!! Grin

Oh, there's a few others out there but the numbers are definitely on the side of Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y and dependability.

Now we'll hear from the moniroty side of the aisle...... Wink

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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2006, 05:32:14 PM »

Len: Your post may be a reprint from some where but you have a couple of errors in it. I don't remember the exact date (could be 1958) but  MCI was aquired by Greyhound Corp (head office in Phoenix, Az) from Greyhound of Canada after they had a serious disagreement with General Motors Corp. over bus design.

They wanted to design their own bus and started with the MCI Courier 96 model and over several evolutionary changes (MC-1 to MC-5) they arrived at the MC-5A which they used in large number on US line haul. The MC-6 was the first 102" wide bus and actually came into production after the MC-7.

BTW: The MC-4 started a civil lawsuit between Greyhound Corp and General Motors Corp that went to the US Supreme Court because GMC would not sell the 8V71 engine to Greyhound.
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