Caio, a bus manufacturing company, leader in the production of urban bodyworks, has its headquarters in the city of São Paulo, industrial park in the city of Botucatu, SP, with a total area of 470,227 square meters, and 87,612 square meters of built area, and branch in the city of Barra Bonita, SP, with a total area of 72,000 square meters and 16,208 square meters of built area. It counts on nearly 3000 employees with direct jobs in the factories, participating in the growth of the industrial pole of the regions where they are installed, as well as to Brazilian growth. Its production capacity is up to 40 bodyworks a day in the Facility of Botucatu, and 10 bodyworks in the Facility of Barra Bonita.

Fields of operation: throughout national territory and in countries such as South Africa, Angola, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nigeria, Peru, Dominican Republic, Tahiti, Trinidad & Tobago, among others. With worldwide coverage, Caio is present in more than 50 countries.


Over 78 years old, Caio, a bus manufacturer, has a lot of history to tell.
Founded in 1945, in the city of São Paulo, Caio (Companhia Americana Industrial de Ônibus) began its activities in January 1946 with the production of the brand`s first bodywork: the Jardineira. This was the beginning of the development of several other bodyworks and modern technologies.

In 1980, the company has changed its factory to Botucatu, SP, whereas it was officially inaugurated in 1982. In January 2001, a new Group, composed of companies for people transportation in the city of São Paulo, has assumed, through the company Induscar, the industrial park and the right to use and trade the products of Caio brand. In March 2009, Induscar became the owner of Caio brand and its industrial park, changing its name to Caio Induscar.

Under its new management, Caio has manufactured, from 2001 to 2023, nearly 180 thousand bodyworks, mostly aimed at the urban segment. As a bodywork builder, Caio Group was born, verticalizing its own supplier companies. It also sells spare parts, commercial vehicles, bus chassis, trucks, national, and imported cars.

Therefore, the dream comes true every day. With boldness, the mission has been accomplished and the challenges overcome.

Develop products of excellence in transport, meeting customer expectations and the well-being of employees, partners and community, adding value to our business.
To be a reference in the transport sector, with innovative ideas and solutions for the business, contributing to the professional evolution of our employees.
• Commitment
• Trust
• Discipline
• Excellence
• Proud
• Respect


Caio was the first body builder certified in Brazil in 1996, demonstrating the brand`s perennial commitment to value the quality of its products and processes.

Caio proves that the solidity of the brand, together with the continuous search for innovation, anticipation of trends and respect to the needs of customers, are fundamental factors that make it reach more than 73 years of activities, as one of the main companies in the sector.

Quality Management System - Caio Botucatu - ISO 9001 Certification
Scope: ``Design and development, manufacture, assembly and after-sales activities of bus bodies``.

Our Quality Policy:
To meet the needs of stakeholders and the requirements of the applicable standards, seeking the continuous improvement of our processes, products and Quality Management System.

• To provide practical, cost-effective and durable solutions to our customers;
• To meet the expectations, needs and legal requirements of our internal, external and government customers;
• To constantly develop and train our workforce;
• To promote a relationship of partnership with our suppliers;
• To motivate our workforce about the importance of health, wellbeing and the environment.

System of Quality Management - Caio Barra Bonita - ISO 9001 Certification
Scope: “Bus body assembly”.

Our quality policy:
To satisfy the needs of the interested parties and the requirements of the applicable rules, looking for continuous improvement of our processes and System of Quality Management.

• To provide greater flexibility to meet our client’s demands;
• Meet the expectations, needs, and legal requirements of our internal, external, and governmental clients;
• Promote the professional development of our workforce;
• Promoting a relation of partnership with our supplier
• Motivate our workforce on the importance of health, welfare, and the environment.


The Caio bus manufacturer is part of the Caio Group, which currently occupies 988,538 square meters of built-up area and develops the following lines of business:

2008 - Fiberbus Botucatu (manufacturer of fiber parts)
2009 - Inbrasp Botucatu Parent Company and Inbrasp Betim Branch (manufacturer of automotive plastic parts)
2012 - Banco Luso (financial solutions for clients)
2013 - CEAC (Caio Administrative Center) and Tecglass Botucatu (tempered glass manufacturer)
2015 - Caio Barra Bonita Branch (car bodywork manufacturer)
2016 - Tecglass Barra Bonita (tempered glass manufacturer)
2017- Busscar (manufacturer of road buses, in Joinville, SC)
2019 - Inbrasp Botucatu Branch (manufacturer of automotive plastic parts)
2020 - Copperbuss (standardization and electrical harnesses)
2021- Caio Busscar Technical Center in Guarulhos (technical assistance services, spare parts and training)
2022 - Fiberbus Joinville (manufacturer of fiber parts)


  • 1945

    Caio Foundation

    Caio - American Bus Company was born in the post-World War II period in an era of rebirth, rebuilding and hope. It was founded on December 19, 1945, by the Gonçalves brothers, Ford dealers, and by José Massa, an Italian immigrant who arrived in Brazil in 1925.

  • 1946

    Start of activities

    Caio began operating on January 12, 1946, in a 3,120 m² shed, at Avenida Celso Garcia, Brás, in São Paulo, with 120 employees.

  • 1946

    First brand bus body

    The first bus body took 30 days to be produced, the Jardineira, purely handmade work.


  • 1947


    In the first year, Caio Bus Manufacturer manufactured 146 bus bodies.

  • 1948


    Purchase of Cia. Auto bus body Cermava, RJ. Chassis production under license of Italian Siccar.

  • 1952


    In 1952, the factory was inaugurated in Guaiaúna Street, in the city of São Paulo, with 24 thousand m2. In addition to producing bodies in two units, that of Guaiaúna and Cermava (RJ), it manufactured chassis under license from Italian Siccar.

  • 1952

    Revolution in the Production of Bus Bodies

    Still 1952, Caio would produce its first all-metal body, with a structure constructed of U-shaped steel profiles, with flaps, and external steel plating.

  • 1958

    The first in the country

    In 1958 Mercedes-Benz launched the first urban bus chassis, the LP-321. Caio was the first in the country to start it.

  • 1960

    Launching of Bossa Nova bus body

    In 1960 the first body with tubular structure was born, made with double U stamped plates, the urban model Bossa Nova. Its design featured wide windows, sliding windows and panoramic windshields.

  • 1963

    Launching of the Jaraguá model (urban)

    In 1963, launched the line Jaraguá, new model, with bigger glass area and lighter style. Two years later it gained a new front grille and four headlights, becoming the first big sales success of the brand.

  • 1965

    The company deactivates Cermava

    In the year 1965, Caio deactivated Cermava in Rio de Janeiro to concentrate its production in São Paulo.

  • 1966

    Caio Norte Foundation, in Jaboatão, PE

    In 1962 Cia was founded. Industrial de Ônibus do Nordeste, headquartered in Jaboatão, PE. The Caio Norte factory, as it was called, had a productive potential of 40 bus bodies per month. It was officially inaugurated in 1966, directed by José Roberto Massa, son of José Massa.

  • 1966

    Launch of the Gaivota bus body

    In the 1966 motor show, Caio showed the Gaivota road transport, ultimate internal finish and comfort.

  • 1969


    The Verona bus and also the urban Bela Vista were already presented at the Motor Show.

  • 1971

    25 years of foundation

    In 1971, Caio completed 25 years of its foundation. In commemoration, it launched the Jubileu road model with a front engine.

  • 1974

    Revolution: Fiberglass Components

    Caio incorporated in the structure of the bodies, the use of fiberglass parts, mainly in panels, hoods, headlight grills, seats and backs. The use of the material resulted in a new revolution in the production of buses.

  • 1974

    New Releases

    In 1974, Gabriela was born, an urban model with straight lines and panoramic windshield. Another launch this year, was the micro Carolina I, successor of micro Verona.

  • 1976


    In 1976, the Caio Group acquired the Metropolitana S / A bus body factory in Rio de Janeiro and absorbed the duralumin technology.

  • 1976

    Launching of Gabriela II bus body

    In the same year, the Gabriela II model appeared, with a transparent rear window. It was the first urban of the Caio supplied in an articulated version, on the recently launched Volvo national chassis, and on a Scania chassis with front engine.

  • 1977

    New Releases

    In 1977 Corcovado was launched, the first road model of the company, with aluminum structure and Itaipu, tourism road model, originated from Gabriela.

  • 1978

    Deactivation of the Metropolitan

    In 1978 the Caio Bus Manufacturer, closed the activities of the Metropolitan Body Factory - RJ

  • 1980

    Pope Mobile

    Brazil begins the decade with the visit of Pope John Paul II to the country. Caio was the bus bodybuilder chosen to build the "Pope mobile", manufacturing on the micro Carolina. Two units of the vehicles that transported the Pope during his visit to some Brazilian cities.

  • 1980


    The plants of Guaiaúna, SP, and Metropolitana, RJ, were transferred to the Botucatu plant, which was still under construction

  • 1982

    Inauguration of Botucatu Plant-SP

    Inaugurated officially in 1982. Installed in a shed of 30 thousand m², on a land of 280 thousand m² and built area of 76 thousand m². The new plant was one of the largest car body factories in the world, with a production capacity of 700 units per month.

  • 1982


    Caio started the decade and the new plant with two new features in its mix: the replacement of the urban line Gabriela by the model Amelia, which was also a success, being manufactured with steel or aluminum structure, and the Aritana road model, with square lines and simple finishing, originated from the body structure Gabriela.

  • 1985

    Launch of the Squalo model

    The company re-invested in the road market, launching at the beginning of 1985, the modern Squalo, with bold aluminum lines, culminating in the company\s 40th anniversary party and with the official inauguration of the Botucatu factory.

  • 1988

    Launch of the Vitória bus body

    In 1988, the Vitoria body was launched, replacing the Amelia, a urban vehicle also of great success and one of the most wanted models. With clean and modern lines, its balance and harmony were especially emphasized in the padron and articulated versions, with central motor. About 280 units were produced per month of this model

  • 1994

    Export market

    Another strategy was to enter the export market to North America. Caio directed two new products: the Monterrey highway, on a Mercedes-Benz OH chassis, and the Beta, a monobloc on its own project platform, with mixed suspension. The two models were shown at the III Expobus in September 1994 in São Paulo.

  • 1995

    50 years of Caio

    In December 1995, the company\s 50th anniversary, the urban Alpha, made of steel or duralumin, was introduced, replacing Vitoria that had been the market leader since its launch seven years earlier with 28,000 units produced.

  • 1996


    Caio is the first bus body builder to receive ISO certification.

  • 1997

    Launch of the Alpha Intercity bus body

    Accompanying the Alpha, Alpha Intercity was also launched for the intermunicipal and tourism segments, with some aesthetic details that set them apart from the urban model: wider front windshield and reduced rear; internal itinerary boxes; tougher bumpers and larger rear taillights.

  • 1998

    Modernization and modification

    In a concentrated effort to modernize and diversify its line, Caio promoted three launches: the micro Piccolo, replacing the Carolina, the mini Piccolino, in the standard and luxury versions; and the urban "futuristic" Millennium, for chassis with a rear engine, with normal floor or low entry.

  • 1999

    Apache S21 Launch

    In August of that year, amid the difficulties arising from the composition, Caio still launched the urban Apache S21, replacing Alpha.

  • 2000

    Caio bankruptcy declared

    Caio was 55 years old in December 2000, with approximately 1,000 employees. In the same month, the closure of its operations was given.

  • 2001

    Induscar assumes Brand and manufacturing plant

    The new Caio is born as Induscar. After having bankruptcy decreed in December 2000, a lot of people got together not to let the big brand lose its value and have people lose their jobs.

  • 2002

    New releases

    In October 2002, at the 4th Fetransrio, Caio presented two prototypes of the Giro 3400, with a height of 3.4, the first road model of the new phase of the company, both with a length of 12.7 m and a capacity for 42 passengers, plus rodomoça.

  • 2003

    New Millennium

    The rear-engine urban also brought news. The second generation of the Millenium body was launched at the end of 2003, suitable for any low floor chassis. The Millenium II, with totally redesigned and harmonic lines, came to answer for the top segment of the urban line.

  • 2004

    Top Bus and Turn 3600 Launches

    In 2004, Caio provided the Ruas Group, 30 special biarticulate for operation in the São Paulo corridors, model to which he gave the name Topbus. Also in 2004 was launched the Giro 3600 model 3.6m high, model for medium and long distances, for chassis with central or rear engine.

  • 2005

    Foreign market

    At the beginning of 2005, the company was chosen to supply 530 bodies to Chile. This time, with a new rear engine model : the Mondego. In the same year, it was announced another important foray abroad: the agreement with South Africa to mount Bussmark, body to be shipped from Brazil under the SKD form.

  • 2005

    New Micro Releases

    At the end of this year, the company continued the renovation of its line, launching new micros, baptized Foz, in the urban, tourism, executive and school versions. Announced as the widest interior of the category, they could hold up to four under-floor side luggage racks, plus a rear.

  • 2006

    Launch Foz Super and Mondego HA

    In October of that year, Caio showed in Fetransrio, Foz Super, its first urban medium, called ”micrao”. The style was the same as the micro Foz, with minor changes, the main one being the C-shaped opening above the grid. Also in 2006 was launched the Mondego HA articulated version of the Mondego.

  • 2007

    Launching Apache S22 and Atilis

    A new "conventional" urban brand appeared in January 2007, the Apache S22, a restyling of the Apache S21, following the basic bus line, front engine, to serve a segment that asked for simpler vehicles. In May the new mini Atilis was launched, developed in partnership with Mercedes-Benz.

  • 2007


    In 2007 Induscar began the modernization of its manufacturing plant.

  • 2008

    Expansion of product mix

    In 2008, the Caio product mix was expanded, with the launch of Mini Foz, replacing the veteran Piccolino. With lengths ranging from six to eight meters and designed to use any type of chassis, the new bus body contained a large number of applications, from executive to rural transport.

  • 2008

    New Group company

    To better meet the demand of the bus plant and the market itself, the Caio Induscar group was formed with the acquisition of new companies. In addition to the bus body builder, the fiber factory was installed, Fiberbus.

  • 2009

    Induscar becomes owner of the Caio brand

    In 2009, Induscar consolidated its rebuilding venture, by auctioning off the building and facilities of Caio. Today it is Caio Induscar.

  • 2009


    Also in 2009 Inbrasp was inaugurated that manufactures plastic parts.

  • 2010

    Partnership and launch

    In 2010 the bus manufacturer Caio signs a partnership with Volvo Mexico. Also in 2010 was launched the solar model Solar 3200.

  • 2011

    Commemoration and launch

    In 2011 65 years of the brand Caio and 10 years of Caio Induscar is celebrated. That same year was launched the 3rd generation of Millennium, urban model of rear engine.

  • 2012

    BRT Family Launch

    In October 2012, Caio Induscar launched the Millennium BRT Family, comprised of the Feeder, Articulated and Biarticulate models. These bus bodies were developed to meet the BRT system and the corridors of the big cities.

  • 2012

    Apache Vip restyling

    In the same year, the company restyled Apache Vip, the best-selling bus by the São Paulo bus bodybuilder and the sales champion in Brazil.

  • 2013


    In 2013 the Group makes a new investment, the acquisition of the Industrial Complex, which houses four new companies: Tecglass (tempered glass manufacturer) and CEAC (Caio administrative center).

  • 2013

    Caio Induscar presents its new Solar

    The Caio Induscar bus road model, the Solar, presents a new look. The news was due to the new front, rear, and side of the Hall.

  • 2013

    Micro Foam restyling

    Caio Induscar restyled its Foz micro bus, which gives more agility in the urban routes of small and medium distances. The evolution has gone from the design, structure, and the finish, to provide greater comfort to the passengers.

  • 2014

    New version of Apache Vip

    The bus body was designed with new design concepts. The main external change is the design, in which the optical assemblies have new geometry and day running lights DRL (position light) in led, avoiding the constant burning of the lamps; the taillights are in led block and interchangeable.

  • 2015


    In 2015 the Group makes a new investment. Another manufacturing unit of Caio Induscar is inaugurated in the city of Barra Bonita-SP.

  • 2015

    Launch and restyling

    Also in 2015 the solar Road 3400 model was launched, with 3.4m in height in the rear and front motor versions. In the same year, the Mondego model undergoes a restyling.

  • 2016

    Caio completes 70 years

    In 2016, we celebrated the landmark of 70 years of activities of the Caio brand and 15 years of Caio Induscar. During Fetransrio 2016, an exhibition was held within the Millennium BRT, using vehicle advertising signs, with photos of the products that marked each decade of the brand.

  • 2016

    Caio Induscar launches new Millennium generation

    Caio Induscar launched in the national market, the fourth generation of Millennium, urban bus, suitable for rear engine chassis, low and normal versions. The model, aimed primarily at the domestic market, was designed to serve customers operating in urban centers and bus corridors.

  • 2016

    Launch of the new BRT Millennium

    Caio Induscar presented during the Fetransrio 2016, the second generation of the Millennium BRT Superarticulate, urban bus with 23 meters, designed to operate in BRT systems and corridors of major cities. With even more aerodynamic lines, the model combines design, comfort, operational speed and items that provide low cost and easy main

  • 2017

    Acquisition of Busscar

    Shareholders and investors of the Caio Induscar Group, acquired the manufacturing plant and the Busscar brand. The acquisition aimed to expand the performance of the Caio Induscar Group, in the domestic and foreign markets.

  • 2017

    Launch of Soul Class

    The Soul Class, presented in the school and executive versions, is a result of the union of forces of Caio Induscar and Iveco Bus. It is the first inclusive micro bus in the Brazilian market. The armchair with DPM (Mobile Armchair Device), guarantees accessibility for people with disabilities or difficulties of locomotion.

  • 2017

    Micro-bus F2400 is launched in Transpúblico

    The F2400 micro-bus was presented in Transpúblico 2017 in urban and executive versions. the bold, modern design with rounded and aerodynamic front and rear shapes gives the F2400 the characteristic of grandeur and strength of the Caio brand products.

  • 2020

    Caio Protect

    Due to the pandemic, Caio`s innovation and special products team developed Caio Protect, a set of solutions to increase biosecurity in the internal environment of the brand`s buses.

  • 2020

    Foz version F2400 update

    In September 2020, Caio presents to the market the update of Foz F2400 minibus, in urban and executive versions. Seeking continuous improvement and innovation, studies were carried out on the model design and resulted in changes to the front, also called “facelift”, a term commonly used in the automotive industry.

  • 2021

    Caio 75 years and Grupo Caio 20

    Caio completes 75 years of history and 20 years under the management of a new group. A trajectory of many challenges and achievements, marked by the dream of making the Caio, a 100% Brazilian bus manufacturer brand, even bigger.

  • 2021

    Release of Apache Vip`s new generation

    In early July 2021, Caio launches the fifth generation of its best-selling model: the Apache Vip. In addition to structural robustness, durability and reliability, the new Apache Vip brings improvements that result in more benefits for the customer: Design, functionality, use of new materials.

  • 2022

    New Millennium and eMillennium

    With the return of in-person events, Caio participates in Lat.Bus Transpúblico and brings great launches to the market: Millennium`s fifth generation (for rear and central engine) and eMillennium`s new body (specific for chassis with electric drive).

  • 2023

    New Luminus with eMillennium bodywork

    In April 2023, in partnership with Volvo Mexico, Caio presents the Luminus to the Mexican market, a 100% electric bus, supplied in SKD form and assembled at the Volvo factory in the country.