Karsan was founded in 1966 in Bursa, Turkey, to build light commercial vehicles. The Koc group took control of the management in 1979 leading them to takeover the company in 1998 under the leadership of Inan Kirac. Karsan build light commercial vehicles and buses for several Asian and European manufacturers.

In 2013 Karsan have introduced their own vehicle, the Jest. Most experts and observers believe the Jest is the Midi-Bus for the 21st Century. It has been described as the "FUNKY BUS" by some. It is without doubt, one of the best built, safest, (fitted with lap seat belts) cleanest Diesel, (Euro 4 or 5) vehicle on the market at the moment. It also meets all the latest EC safety standards with its full aluminum body.

What sets the Jest apart from all other vehicles of this type, is that it is designed for persons with disabilities in mind. The Jest is the first Midi-Bus which has factory fitted (OEM) power wheelchair ramp and factory fitted anchorage points.

The Jest is powered by 2.3L Euro 4 or 5 Turbo Charged IVECO Diesel Engine which is the cleanest burning and most fuel efficient diesel engine available today, coupled with 6 speed transmission, Front Wheel Drive (FWD) Bosch (German) Electronics. Pre-Wired for Digital Tachograph, (Optional) as this is fast becoming the law in many countries.