Heuliez Bus
Type Limited company
Founded 1980
Headquarters La Crenuère
, France
Key people Thierry Pinel (Managing Director)
Industry Bus manufacture
Products GX 127, GX 127L
GX 327
GX 427
Revenue (turnover) €118m (2008 turnover)
Employees 450
Parent Irisbus (Iveco)

Heuliez Bus is a French limited company, part of the Henri Heuliez Group. It was formed in 1980. It is 100% owned by Iveco through its subsidiary Irisbus, and specializes in the manufacture of buses and coaches.

History Edit

Heuliez Bus has developed many types of public transport vehicles.

Helieuz Bus first gained recognition with the Mercedes O305 (standard) and O305 G (articulated), badged as HeuliezBus. Around 600 of each type were used in France between 1975 and 1995.

In 1982 the company started to make the GX 17, a minibus based on the Renault Master.[1] After that, in the 1980s it collaborated with Renault Bus to develop the GX 107 and GX 187. It also made the GX 44, for the public transport authority of Nantes, which is based on an O305; and the GX 113, specifically for the city of Marseille.

In 1990 Heuliez Bus made the GX 77H midibus (The H standing for Heuliez), and in 1994, the low-floor bus GX 317, built on a Renault chassis. From 1995 to 2001, its collaboration with Volvo led to the design and production of the GX 217 and GX 417.

The GX 117 midibus, the successor to the 77H, was launched in 1999. As of 2012, with significant restyling, this is sold as the GX 327. GX 127 and GX 127L are at the planning stage.

The newest product, designed for Clermont-Ferrand, is the GX 427. Although its CNG version was turned down, it is the twin, articulated version of the Irisbus Citelis 18.

In France, buses produced by the company have the marques "Heuliez Bus"; elsewhere they are known as "Irisbus". The company manufactured 13,439 buses between 1985 and 2006.

Amongst other things, since 2002 Heuliez Bus has manufactured the Irisbus Civis and Irisbus Cristalis on behalf of the Bus business unit of Iveco bus.

In 1928 the company had revenue of €118.1m, employing around 450 employees at its factory in Rorthais.

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References Edit

  1. (French) "Heuliez GX 17". Retrieved on 16 March 2012.
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