Merkavim Transportation Technologies Ltd., shortened to Merkavim (Hebrew: מרכבים), is the largest bus manufacturing company in Israel.[2][3][4] They produce many different types of buses, including tourism coaches, urban buses, long-distance buses and minibuses. In addition to this, they also provide specialist buses, such as bullet-proof buses, prisoner-transport vehicles and VIP transport vehicles.[5] The company was founded in 1946 and is jointly owned by Israeli vehicle-importer Mayer Cars and Trucks and by AB Volvo.[3]

Merkavim Transportation Technologies Ltd
Native name
Bus manufacturer
Founded1949 (1949)
Production output
760 (2013)
Number of employees
Footnotes / references

Bus models

Long distance buses

  • Mars - Intercity bus

City buses

  • Low Entrance Pioneer - Low entry/floor bus on VDL SB230 Chassis and Volvo B7RLE Chassis Gearbox Is ZF Ecolife and Man A69 18.290 HOCL NL Gearbox is Voith D854.5 and Mercedes Benz OC500LE Gearbox ZF Ecolife and MAN RC2 19.290 HOCL and Volvo B8RLE ZF Ecolife Transmission
  • Low Floor NL
  • Articulated BRT
  • Low Floor Mercury- On Volvo B7L Chassis With Voith D864.3E


  • Apollo - Coach for tourism and special rides
  • Apollo Premium - A new version of the Apollo


Armored buses

  • Mars Defender - Double rear axle

Special Models

  • Apollo Premium VIP to business rides
  • Mobile Library
  • Prisoner Bus


  2. "Merkavim transportation Ltd". Merkavim. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  3. "Mayer Group Merkavim Transportation Technologies Ltd". Mayer Group. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  4. "Merkavim Transportation Technologies LTD | Israel Defense". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  5. "Merkavim - Company Profile". Merkavim. Retrieved 2016-03-05.

See also

  • Ha'argaz, another Israeli bus manufacturer
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