BUSWORLD Europe 2019 in Brussels: Franz Kiel GmbH presents seats to suit all requirements

Nördlingen, 17.10.2019 – Franz Kiel GmbH is presenting its extensive range of bus seats to suit all requirements at the BUSWORLD trade fair, from 18th to 23rd October 2019. Kiel attaches a lot of importance to modern, brand-specific design and increased ergonomics across all its models. The manufacturer is fulfilling the real desire for efficiency through the use of modern materials which reduce weight to the absolute minimum. Meanwhile, innovative features live up to the demands of digitalisation. The new Avance X VIP “TECseat” is the highlight of the trade fair – it boasts numerous comfortable features and is being presented to the public for the very first time.


Avance X: the updated model of the classic Avance for coaches
With the Avance X, the updated model of the popular Avance, Kiel is demonstrating how a classic model can be adapted to perfectly meet the requirements of our time. The “X” in the name stands for the seat’s modern, dynamic and harmonious lines. Furthermore, the Avance X impresses with its high passenger safety levels and, when it comes to ergonomics, the lines and construction methods for this model successfully meet the requirements of a wide variety of passenger sizes.

One special feature is the combined adjustment of the backrest and seat cushion: when the backrest is tilted backwards, the seat cushion moves forwards slightly and tilts downwards at the back by two degrees; this ensures that the passenger does not feel as if they are slipping out of the front of the seat.

The AVANCE X seat meets the requirement for the lowest possible weight, without compromising on the quality of the fittings and passenger safety, by using new materials, such as lighter, modern plastics: it only weighs around 26 kg including all the add-on parts. This has a noticeable effect on fuel consumption and is therefore an important economic and environmental consideration. Furthermore, the seat is fully recyclable.

A number of additional extras and optional design details round off the AVANCE X. Thanks to its special technology, the seat provides extremely high modularity and allows for a variety of individual design variants.


New Avance X M1 and Avance X M2 models to meet the increasing demand for M1 and M2 products
 Kiel is responding to the increasing demand for M1 and M2 products with the new Avance X M1 and Avance X M2 models. The seats fulfil the technical requirements for category M1 minibuses with eight seats and category M2 with nine or more seats and weighing under five tonnes. They complete Kiel’s product range and are being presented to the public for the first time at BUSWORLD. The two new models mean that the M1 to M3 product range is now covered within the one design series.


New version of the Avance X: the Avance VIP

Kiel is presenting the new series model of the Avance X VIP for the very first time at BUSWORLD –  the seat is available to order now and combines all of the benefits of an ultra modern coach seat: as with the Comfort and Luxury models, the new Avance X VIP features a newspaper net, table and “Smart Fix”. As with the Avance X Luxury, the Avance X VIP also comes with a wide head piece with movable and height-adjustable headrest. It differs from the other two models in terms of its lavish and luxurious, high-comfort upholstery in full leather or in a combination of leather and fabric; the wider backrest and the new upholstered armrests. All of these features contribute to a higher level of seating comfort. Optional extras include a USB socket, a monitor; a built-in, height-adjustable three-point belt; an inductive charging coil (WiFi charging) in the head piece and an LED reading light. The Avance X VIP is available for 2+1 seating.


The highlight of the trade fair at BUSWORLD: Avance X VIP “TECseat”
 The highlight of Kiel’s trade fair is the new Avance X VIP “TECseat”. With its new comfort features, which can be controlled via an app, this seat meets all the modern requirements regarding comfort, safety and digitalisation. The Avance X VIP “TECseat” doesn’t just come with integrated heating, it also features cooling or air conditioning provided by air cushions in the seat and back, and boasts a back massage function. In addition, this ultra modern seat comes with a seat occupation system (“Detect seat”): the driver has a display showing which seats are occupied. There is also a seatbelt detection system to show whether passengers are strapped in. 


Kiel is presenting the Avance X at BUSWORLD in the following versions:

Avance X Basic M1: Simple upholstery with leather or fabric headrest sides and head piece; handles on the rear; table option; and three-point belt on the outward side

Avance X Basic M2: Simple upholstery with leather or fabric headrest sides and head piece; fixed headrest; model-specific table and newspaper net option; handles with coat hook; and three-point belt on the outward side

Avance X Basic (presented at BUSWORLD as the simple version with only the basic features): Simple fabric upholstery with fabric headrest sides and head piece; fixed headrest; model-specific table and newspaper net option; horizontal handles; simple fold-up armrests; and lap strap.

Avance X Comfort: Standard upholstery or optional leather upholstery on the seat cushion and back; wide and comfortable leather head piece; wide elegant table; newspaper net; rubber clamp fitting on the rear of the headrest (“Smart Fix”); optional built-in, height-adjustable three-point-belt; optional inductive charging coil (WiFi charging) in the head piece

 Avance X Luxury: Opulent, luxury full-leather upholstery; wide head piece with movable and height-adjustable headrest; newspaper net; table and “Smart Fix” as with the “Comfort” version; optional USB socket and monitor; optional built-in, height-adjustable three-point belt; and optional inductive charging coil (WiFi charging) in the head piece

 Avance X VIP: As with “Luxury”, but also featuring wider backrest, upholstered armrests and luxurious, high-comfort upholstery. Available for 2+1 seating


The Avance X Basic, Avance X Comfort, Avance X Luxury and Avance X VIP will be presented at BUSWORLD as double seats. The Avance X “TECseat” will be displayed as single seat.


Premium quality and highly versatile: the new Verso folding seat

A folding seat that is extremely versatile and high quality: with the new Verso model, Kiel has the perfect solution for all eventualities in a city bus. This type of seat has been designed with the rear entrance area in mind and creates additional seats in the open pram and wheelchair area.

The modular system allows for a design in six variants – from a lean support to a comfortable folding seat, which can be locked up in rush hour when additional space is needed. A range of features are available, including a mechanical and electric lock, and a warning light.

Its low weight means that the seat meets the highest requirements in terms of efficiency and impresses overall with an extremely good price-performance ratio. In addition, the ergonomic backrest, the pioneering design and the high-quality workmanship contribute to its appeal. Naturally, the model meets the current ECE R118-2/ 3 European flammability standard.

The Verso is available in the following models:
 Verso 1: Lean support
 Verso 2: Folding seat without backrest
 Verso 3: Folding seat with small backrest
 Verso 4: Folding seat with large backrest
 Verso 4: Folding seat with large backrest, registrable.
 Verso Rush Hour: Folding seat with large backrest and light, electric locking

The Verso 1, Verso 2 and Verso 4 models will be on display at BUSWORLD.


New for the Ligero 1000: Multimedia console
 A multimedia console is now available for the Ligero 1000 model. It is a response to the high use of smartphones and other mobile devices during bus journeys and makes this as pleasant as possible: a beautifully shaped, semi-circular holder for different-sized mobile devices from various manufacturers has been affixed to the back of the seat. The device can be placed securely in the holder so the passenger can watch films in comfort, for example. The console comes with a USB charging port as standard. A range of optional features are also available, including an inductive charger, which allows for wireless charging; an LED light; a so-called “bell push” function, which allows passengers to signal to stop the bus directly from the console; and two practical coat hooks.


New fold-down armrests to match various models

The fold-down armrests for the Citos, Ligero, Lexxo and Ideo models are a new addition. They are being presented at the exhibition stand on one of the Citos models. The armrest is of a very high-quality and is highly durable. Despite this, it has a very light structure and weighs just 400 g. It has an innovative, ergonomic design and goes very well with the shape of the backrest. It is produced using recyclable materials in line with ISO 14001:2015 and fulfils EU norm ECE R118-2.


Versatile, safe and extremely lightweight in city traffic: the Citos

Citos is a true all-rounder for local travel and comes in a range of different comfort levels: The simplest variant is the Citos 10 (comfort level 1) with a plastic insert without a fabric cover. The Citos 20 (comfort level 2) has a fabric cover without foam. The Citos 30 (comfort level 3) offers 10 mm foam in the backrest and 15 mm foam on the seat. This model is also available with heated seats and a USB port. The Citos 40 (comfort level 4) variant offers 40 mm foam in the backrest and 40 mm foam on the seat. All four comfort levels are available in both seat widths of 420 mm and 450 mm.
 As the Citos has a very low weight, it considerably reduces CO2 emissions when compared with standard city bus seats. An example: By switching to the Citos seat, a medium-sized German city like Kassel with 72 city buses could save 11.68 tonnes of CO2 per year, assuming a saving of 0,3 litres per kilometre and a 100 kg weight reduction.

The special construction of Citos makes it especially safe: the two-part shell has been designed to deform in the event of impact to ensure it does not shatter and create dangerous, sharp edges. Thanks to this intelligent engineering, the Citos seat easily outperforms comparable products in crash tests.

Despite its versatile features, this model offers an almost unbeatable price-performance ratio. As a result, Citos is a real trendsetter among city bus seats.


Franz Kiel GmbH will be presenting the following models at BUSWORLD in Hall 1, Stand 155:

  • City segment: Citos 10/20, Citos 30, Citos 40, Citos Comfort, Ideo 40, Esos, Verso 1, Verso 2, Verso 4
  • Intercity segment: Lexxo, Ligero 1000, Ligero 3000 R, Avance X M1, Avance X M2, Interline
  • Coach segment: Avance 1020, Avance 1030 on sliding feet
  • Avance X segment: Avance X VIP, Avance X Luxury, Avance X Comfort, Avance X Basic, Avance X Basic M2, Avance X Basic M1
  • Trade fair highlight: Avance X VIP single seat with lots of comfort features