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Champion Bus Incorporated
Predecessor Champion Home Builders
Founded 1981
Headquarters Imlay City, Michigan,  United States
Products buses
Parent Allied Specialty Vehicles
formerly Thor Industries

Champion Bus Incorporated is a USA bus manufacturer owned by Allied Specialty Vehicles, and formerly owned by Thor Industries. It was founded in 1953 as Champion Home Builders, and the bus division started in 1981. Thor Industries acquired the bus business in 1988.[1] ASV purchased the company from Thor in August 2013.[2]


  • Challenger - mid-size bus using a Ford E-series (350 or 450), GM GMT or C4500 truck chassis
  • Crusader - small bus using Ford E-series (350) and GM Express truck chassis
  • CTS - mid size bus using Freightliner MB55 Chassis
  • CTS Rear Engine - large bus using Freightliner XB series (555R, 655R, 755R) Chassis
  • Defender - large bus using General Motors C5500 Series Chassis
  • EZ Trans - assessible version of Defender (General Motors C5500 Series Chassis)
  • Trolley Bus - no longer manufactured
  • Solo - Low floor samll city transit bus; no longer manufactured

See also (other bus mfg owned by ASV)

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