On August 6th, 1949, in a workshop located on the corner between Treze de Maio and Os 18 do Forte, Caxias do Sul, Nicola & Cia Ltda was founded, the company that would later become known as Marcopolo S.A.
The first bus bodies were made of wood and took about three months to be completed.
Production of the first steel bodies.
The increase in production prompted the company to move to Planalto district.
First export deal with Uruguay.
Launch of the Marcopolo bus at the VI Automobile Hall in São Paulo. The name was a tribute to the Italian navigator Marco Polo, who spent 24 years integrating cultures and exploring new paths.
Launch of Marcopolo II. Luxurious bed-seat option: model with 18 bed-seats and up to 45 passengers.
The success of the Marcopolo bus prompted Nicola to adopt that name for the company.
The first bus for the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) System was developed to meet the Urban Transport System of Curitiba / PR. The model has become a reference for major BRT systems around the world.
Paulo Bellini is elected Chairman of Marcopolo’s Board of Directors.
Launch of the Articulated Marcopolo III.
Inauguration of the Ana Rech Unit, the largest bus factory in Brazil and one of the most modern in the world.
Generation IV: Viaggio, Paradiso, Strada, Urban Torino and Micro Senior.
Adoption of the honor of Merit award to employees and implementation of Japanese techniques of administration and production in the manufacturing units.
Creation of the Marcopolo Foundation, with the mission of being a beacon of education, culture, sports and leisure, promoting quality of life, citizenry and social development in the communities where the company is inserted.
Inauguration of the Marcopolo Vocational Training School.
Generation V: Viaggio 850, Viaggio 1000, Paradiso 1150 and Paradiso 1450.
Launch of the Paradiso 1800 Double Decker road model: the first Brazilian double-decker bus.
Launch of the Volare minibus. Due to the success of the model, in 2001 Volare became a business unit specializing in minibus development. The company reaches 100,000 buses produced.
Marcopolo is among the Best Employers Award winners, granted by Exame Magazine.
Launch of the Generation VI. The company wins the AutoData Award in the category Best Bus Manufacturer and Outstanding Marketing, granted by the Brazilian Association of Marketing and Business (ABMN).
Elected the 2004 Busbuilder of the year in Europe. The award is received by Paulo Bellini during the 17th edition of Busworld, the most important bus fair in the world. The company is also among the Top 20 of the Decade winners, granted by Editora Expressão and Fundação Getúlio Vargas.
The company is named among the 100 Best Employers in Latin America. Recognition granted by Great Place to Work Institute of Brazil.
Creation of the Financial institution Banco Moneo S.A., with a focus on financing Marcopolo’s new products.
Signature of a joint venture with India's Tata Motors, further consolidating Marcopolo’s internationalization process.
The 200,000 buses produced mark is reached.
Launching of Envolver, a program that promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in the labor market. The action granted Marcopolo the ESARH 2014 Award in the People Management category.
Launch of Generation VII - Paradiso 1200, Paradiso 1050, Viaggio 900 and Viaggio 1050.
SIMPS Event – Marcopolo United Production System. Meeting that gathered 7,200 employees, with a focus on teamwork: You and Marcopolo Acting Together.
Inauguration of the new Marcopolo Training Center (CTM) and launch of Marcopolo’s own health plan, MarcoSaúde.
Volare’s 15th anniversary and inauguration of the Operations Center in São Paulo.
Commemoration of the 400,000 units produced in its 66 years of activities.
Launch of the 15 meter long Paradiso 1800 DD, the first of its kind manufactured in the country. Implantation of the Lean Manufacturing System, inspired by the Toyota Production System, as well as the achievement of the Top Marketing ADBV award in the category Forging Successful Brands - Global Marketing.
30 years of the Marcopolo Foundation and achievement of the International Certification to validate bodies via the ECE R66 Standard through the virtual methodology for analysis of impacts on the bodies caused by bus tipping. The title raises the company to the highest level in terms of vehicle development.
We are one of the largest companies in the world dedicated to developing solutions for passenger transportation.
Not merely the main manufacturer of bus bodies, Marcopolo is also a reference to the country and an example of a multinational company, successfully both in Brazil and abroad.
We look forward to the next decade. We want to honor our history by contributing to the generations to come.