Mayer's Cars and Trucksמאיר חברה למכוניות ומשאיות

Head office: 50 HaMasger St. Tel Aviv 6721418, Israel Tel.: +972-35689999

A private Israeli vehicles and transportation company. The company imports and markets cars, trucks, buses, engines and heavy mechanical machinery and provides leasing, trade-in, insurance and funding services.

The company is the majority shareholder (73%) in Merkavim Transportation Technologies, a private Israeli company that manufactures armored buses used in bus routes to settlements in the occupied West Bank. The other 27% of Merkavim’s shares are held by the Swedish corporation Volvo Group.

Merkavim’s armored bus, the Mars Defender, was developed in collaboration with the Israeli military. Israel Military Industries (IMI), formerly a state-owned company and now part of Elbit Systems, developed the armor in a joint project with the Israeli Transportation Ministry, Israel Police and Egged.

Until 2017, Egged operated an armored bus fleet of 60 vehicles that served settlements in the regional councils of Shomron, Gush Etzion, Mateh Binyamin and Mount Hebron in the occupied West Bank. In 2017, as part of the privatization process of Israeli public transit, this activity was transferred to Egged Taavura, jointly owned by Egged and Taavura Holdings. In 2016, Egged Taavura and other companies ordered 71 Mars Defender armored buses from Merkavim to be used in settlements.

In August 2017, an Afikim public bus of the Mars Defender model was documented in the route to the settlement of Kdumim in the occupied West Bank

Additionally, in collaboration with Israel Prison Service (IPS), Merkavim developed a specially designed prisoner transport vehicle based on its Mars model. These buses are used by IPS to transport Palestinian prisoners inside the occupied West Bank and from the West Bank to Israeli prisons within the Green Line. The imprisonment of detainees from the oPt in facilities within Israel violates Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which dictates clearly that the occupying power must hold the detainees of such a territory in prison facilities within that occupied territory. Merkavim also provides services to the Nachshon Unit, the operational arm of IPS that is responsible, among other things, for the transport of prisoners.

Despite the fact Volvo has an agreement with Mayer’s Cars and Trucks that its buses should not be used for prisoner transport, Swedish media reported that three prison transport buses were produced in 2015.

The company holds a 50% stake in Kavim Public Transportation, a transportation company that operates public bus lines to the settlements of Beitar Illit and Modiin Illit in the occupied West Bank. Several Kavim bus lines also serve the settlement neighborhoods of Ramot and Gilo in occupied East Jerusalem and the settlement of Givat Zeev in the occupied West Bank.

Through its subsidiaries, Kavim is also a partner in the Society for the Preservation of Nature Megalim Eretz, a limited partnership that provides guided tours to Israeli high school students to the occupied Syrian Golan.

K.S. Holdings & Properties Mayer Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, has a leasing agreement with the Israeli Civil Administration for a 9,163 m2 property in Mishor Adumim Industrial Zone in the settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank, located on the lands of the Palestinian village Khan al-Ahmar.

Through K.S. Holdings & Properties Mayer Ltd, the company also holds a 50% stake in Mayer Davidov Garages, which operates a garage in the Mishor Adumim Industrial Zone in the settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank.


The company is privately held by Kass Family Assets Trust Ltd (47%), Gili Shachar (31.3%), Jacob Shachar (15.7%) and Tal Avineri – Lawyers Company (6%).

Top Executives: Israel Kass and Jacob Shachar


Subsidiaries include Kavim Public Transportation (50%), Kavim Public Transportation International (2002) Ltd (50%), Merkavim Transportation Technologies (73%), Kogol Unitrade (50%), Mayer Davidov Garages Ltd (50%), K.S. Holdings & Properties Mayer Ltd (100%) and Mayer Ramot General Insurance Agency (2009) (51%).


Mayer’s Cars and Trucks is the exclusive importer of Volvo products to Israel. It also represents the Honda, Renault and Jaguar brands, as well as the Michelin brand through Kogol Unitrade.

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