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Orion International
Type Subsidiary
Founded 1975
Headquarters Canada 350 Hazelhurst Road, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5J 4T8
Area served Canada, United States
Key people Dr. Andreas Strecker, President and CEO
Patrick Scully, Chief Commercial Officer
Industry Bus building
Products Transit buses
Owner(s) Daimler AG
Employees 1,400 (US and Canada)

Orion International, previously Orion Bus Industries and Ontario Bus Industries in Canada and Bus Industries of America in the United States is a Mississauga, Ontario, Canada-based bus manufacturer established by the government of Ontario in 1975. Privatized in 1993, Orion was acquired by DaimlerChrysler (now Daimler AG) in July 2000, and is now, along with Freightliner Trucks in the United States and the Sprinter minibus line, part of the Daimler Buses North America group.



Current product

Orion VII Next Generation
(Orion VII second generation)
MTA Long Island Bus Orion VII Next Generation bus.jpg
TTC Orion VII NG HEV Bus 1303.jpg
Manufacturer Orion International
Parent company Daimler AG
Production 2007-2009
Assembly Mississauga, Ontario
Oriskany, New York
Predecessor Orion V, Orion VII (first generation)
Successor Orion VII (third generation)
Class Transit bus
Layout T-Drive for diesel and CNG; Electric for diesel electric hybrid
Engine(s) Cummins ISL (diesel),
Cummins ISB (diesel electric hybrid),
Cummins ISL G (CNG)
Transmission(s) Allison B 400 R,
ZF HP592,
Voith D864
Wheelbase 32.5 ft: 190 in (4.83 m),
35 ft: 226 in (5.74 m), or
40.5 ft: 286 in (7.26 m)
Length 32.5 ft (9.91 m), 35 ft (10.67 m), or 40.5 ft (12.34 m)
Width 102 in (2.59 m)
Height 119 in (3.02 m) (diesel)
132 in (3.35 m) (diesel electric hybrid)
135 in (3.43 m) (CNG)
Related Orion VII (first generation)

The current product from Orion International is the Orion VII Next Generation bi-level low-floor bus. Introduced in 2007 to replace an earlier generation of the Orion VII produced from 2001-2007, and as the replacement for the Orion V after 2009,[1][2], this model, produced as a 102 in (2.59 m)-wide bus, is available as a 40.5 ft (12.34 m), 35 ft (10.67 m), or 32.5 ft (9.91 m) bus. Fuel options include biodiesel, CNG, diesel, or diesel-electric (hybrid). The hybrid model is further available with a lead-acid or a lithium-ion battery.

The model will be slightly updated in 2010 with a third generation model, where the air conditioning unit will be on the roof behind the battery. Also in the future, this model will be available in a bus rapid transit (BRT) design and in a 45 ft (13.72 m) length.

Previous products

Orion has manufactured a number of different models of buses over its 30+ year existence. A list of models is given below; each increasing number is the next generation model.

Discontinued products

Model Length & Width Photo Produced Fuel type
Orion I 31 ft (9.45 m) • 96 in (2.44 m),
35 ft (10.67 m) • 96 in (2.44 m),
37 ft (11.28 m) • 96 in (2.44 m),
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m)
DASH Orion I.jpg 1977-1993 Diesel, Compressed natural gas
Orion II 21.92 ft (6.68 m) • 96 in (2.44 m),
25.92 ft (7.90 m) • 96 in (2.44 m)
EMTA Orion II 0082.jpg

WMATA Orion II.jpg

Orion III 60 ft (18.29 m) • 102 in (2.59 m) 1984-1989 Diesel
Orion IV
  • Tractor: 37.5 ft (11.43 m) • 98.75 in (2.51 m)
  • Trailer: 35.5 ft (10.82 m) • 98.75 in (2.51 m)
NPC Peoplemover.jpg 1985-1989 Liquefied petroleum gas
Orion V 32 ft (9.75 m) • 96 in (2.44 m),
35 ft (10.67 m) • 96 in (2.44 m),
35 ft (10.67 m) • 102 in (2.59 m),
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m),
40 ft (12.19 m) • 102 in (2.59 m)
Ride On 5618 at Glenmont.jpg
TTC Orion V Bus 6722.jpg
1989-2009 Diesel, Compressed natural gas
Orion VI 40 ft (12.19 m) • 102 in (2.59 m) Los Angeles MTA 11033a.jpg 1995-2004 Diesel, Compressed natural gas, Diesel-Electric
Orion VII
(first generation)
32.5 ft (9.91 m) • 102 in (2.59 m),
35 ft (10.67 m) • 102 in (2.59 m),
40.5 ft (12.34 m) • 102 in (2.59 m)
Orion VII Sacramento Regional Transit.JPG

TTC Orion 07.501 VII 7906.JPG


Assembly plants

  • Orion buses are initially assembled in the Mississauga plant and final assembly and testing is done in Oriskany, New York.
  • Mississauga - Chassis and body
  • Oriskany - Seating, engine, HVAC, Final assembly and Testing


External links

Hybrid buses


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