Ground transportation
Strong multinational presence


Whether the field is commercial vehicles, recreational and specialty vehicles, automobiles or rail transportation, Québec’s ground transportation industry is moving full steam ahead! Many major companies have set up subsidiaries here, and business opportunities are so plentiful that new players find it easy to gain a foothold. Come be a part of this thriving industry!

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Photo of an electric motor manufactured by TM4, a Hydro-Québec subsidiary, courtesy of Hydro-QuébecQuébec has developed advanced expertise in electric motorization. TM4, a Hydro-Québec subsidiary, is a front-runner in designing and producing electric drivetrain solutions for the automotive and advanced transportation sectors.

 

Commercial vehicles

Created through a partnership between Québec company Girardin Minibus and U.S.-based Blue Bird Corporation, Micro Bird Open a new windowspecializes in manufacturing school and commercial minibuses.

 

A bus-manufacturing subsidiary of Swedish group Volvo, Nova Bus Open a new windowmakes a quarter of all city buses in North America. The company manufactures high-capacity green buses and integrated intelligent transport systems. Here in Québec it also assembles hybrid buses, whose growing sales point to their popularity.

 

So far, 15,000 premium vehicles from Prévost Car Open a new window’s plants have taken to the road! Also part of the Volvo group, this Québec company is a North American leader in manufacturing touring coaches and a global leader in producing bus shells for high-end motorhome and specialty conversions.

 

Specialty and recreational vehicles

It’s to Quebec-based BRP that we owe a host of inventions, including the famous three-wheel roadster, the Spyder! This former division of Bombardier is now officially known as BRP Open a new windowand ranks as a global leader is designing, developing, manufacturing, distributing and marketing motorized recreational vehicles. The company has won numerous awards and operates a state-of-the-art advanced transportation research centre.

 

Doppelmayr Canada is a subsidiary of Doppelmayr Open a new window, the global leader in ropeway systems, and has been operating in Québec’s Laurentian region since 1978. Its Saint-Jérôme plant employs about a hundred workers and specializes in producing ski lift and ropeway systems. The parent company was founded in Austria in 1891 and has been growing worldwide by providing products and services to meet its clients’ needs in over 87 countries.

 

In 2009, Labrie Enviroquip Group Open a new windowtook the prestigious Swedish Steel Prize for its truck designs incorporating high-strength steel. This technological innovation has enjoyed considerable success on the U.S. and Canadian markets. Today, the company is one of North America’s three largest manufacturers of solid waste management equipment.

 

Manac Open a new windowis North America’s largest manufacturer of custom-built semitrailers! This Québec company offers a wide range of flatbeds, vans, lowbeds, forestry semitrailers and semitrailers for specialized use.

 

With operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia, Paccar Open a new windowis the world’s largest specialty vehicle company. Among the Québec-based company’s achievements is a hybrid truck equipped with an electric motor/generator. It also assembles Class 7 heavy-duty trucks under the Peterbilt and Kenworth nameplates.

 

Founded in 1951, Italian company Prinoth Open a new windowdiversified its utility vehicle portfolio by acquiring Québec company Camoplast. Prinoth currently manufactures snow grooming machines for ski resorts as well as tracked utility vehicles at its plant in Granby, Québec.

 

Since its creation in 1962, R.P.M. Tech Open a new windowhas continued to expand and is now a North American leader in designing, manufacturing, maintaining and distributing industrial snow blowers, multifunctional utility vehicles and heavy equipment for maintaining roads, railways, subways, airport runways and custom-engineered on/off highway trucks. This Québec company is active in both the national and international marketplaces.

 

Rail transportation

With 45 production facilities in 22 countries, Bombardier Transportation Open a new windowemploys over 36,000 workers worldwide. This Québec-based multinational has an extensive product portfolio that includes rail vehicles, propulsion systems and safety and control equipment, along with overhaul and maintenance services.

 

Automobiles

Québec's major producers of automotive parts and systems supply assembly plants in the northeastern United States.

 

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  • This sector employs 6,700 people.
  • It generates sales of $1.3 billion, 85% of which come from abroad.
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Benoît Larouche

Director, Business Development, New York

212 843-0976