Carrus , a Finnish manufacturer of bus bodies entirely in stainless steel .
Carrus was formed in 1989 by bodybuilders Ajokki , Delta Plan and wiima pooled. Ilmari Mustonen, the owner of wiima, bought up Ajokki 1987. Ajokki had already bought the Delta Plan, Erikoiskori and Kiitokori . All five companies were now together in 1989 and the new company was named Carrus. The headquarters was at wiima in Vantaa .
Carrus then had five factories:
- Wiima in Vantaa (city buses, ie Carrus City)
- Ajokki in Tampere (regional buses, for example Carrus Fifty, Carrus Vega , Carrus Vector and Carrus Regal)
- Delta Plan in Lieto (tourist and long-distance buses, ie Carrus Star Family)
- Erikoiskori in Iisalmi (special vehicles, such as mobile libraries)
- Kiitokori in Causal (special vehicles, such as mobile libraries)
Erikoiskori was closed in 1991 and specialized manufacturing concentrated Kiitokori. Kiitokori was not sold to Volvo, and it is still owned by Ilmari Mustonen. Some models (at least Fifty and Vega) was built in Vantaa, Tampere plant had insufficient capacity. Kiitokori built also often common Carrus buses (eg Fifty) rather late in the period, when Carrus own factories could not handle it all themselves. This happened as recently as 2000, when Volvo had already bought up all the Carrus while Kiitokori was an independent private company. Kiitokori did not comply with the Volvo, but is still a privately owned company.
Carrus was September 30, 2008, part of the Volvo Group and was known as Volvo Bus Finland OY.
Main models they made was 8700 (regional bus / county transport bus with Volvo B7R or Volvo B12M chassis) and 9700 which is a direct development of the old Delta / Carrus Star from former Delta Plan . 7700 was built in Poland, 8700 in Poland and in Tampere and 9700 in Lieto and in Tampere.
On 1 October 2008, Volvo sold body plant in Turku to a group of Finnish investors and managers from Volvo Bus Finland OY. Under the agreement took buyers throughout the plant, including the approximately 300 employees.
The new name is Carrus Delta Oy . A five-year agreement has been concluded with Volvo to only get produce model 9700 on Volvo chassis. The production of 8700 was moved entirely to the Volvo plant in Poland. so also the production of 9700 to countries other than the Nordic countries.
It is however at Carrus Delta Oy free to develop and manufacture their own body models supplied in other chassis than Volvo.