Orion International

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Orion International is a bus manufacturer based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.


Ontario Bus and Truck was created in Mississauga in 1975, by the government of Ontario. The company was company was mostly created to produce buses for the various transit agencies of the Ontario.

In 1977, Ontario Bus and Truck became known as Ontario Bus Industries.

In 1981, Bus Industries of America was created in the United States. A plant was opened in Oriskany, New York, in 1982. Shortly after, Bus Industries of America and Ontario Bus Industries merged together and were acquired by Western Star Trucks. The new company was renamed Orion Bus Industries.

Orion became a pioneer in matter of technologies, through the years. In 1988, it was the first company to offer the compressed natural gas technology, and they were the first one to offer the diesel-electric hybrid system in 1995.

In July 2000, Orion was acquired by DaimlerChrysler through subsidiary Freightliner, 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 Buses North America.

In 2009, the name Orion Bus Industries was replaced by Orion International.


  • Mississauga, ON (350 Hazelhurst Rd., Mississauga, ON) - Headquarters & chassis/body assembly
  • Oriskany, NY (165 Base Rd., Oriskany, NY) - seating, engines, transmissions, axles, electrical, HVAC, other final finish components and testing.

Current Product

  • Orion VII EPA10 (2010 to present)

Past Products

  • Orion I (1976 to 1993)
  • Orion II (1983 to 2003)
  • Orion III (1985 to 1989)
  • Orion IV (1985 to 1989)
  • Orion V (1989 to 2009)
  • Orion VI (1995 to 2004)
  • Orion VII (2001 to 2007)
  • Orion VII Next Generation (2007 to 2010)