Peugeot unveils new retro logo

Automakers are busy reinventing their brand identities, with Peugeot the second major marque to unveil a new logo in 2021.

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Derek Fung
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Peugeot has gone back to the future for its new logo, which features a roaring lion’s head inside a coat of arms with the company’s name across on top.

The automaker says the new identity was “developed around the concept of ‘time’ and living in the moment”, and the logo “needed to change to crown the brand’s move upmarket”.

It usher in the brand’s “bold electrification strategy” that will see each model feature at least one electrified variant by 2025.

The first car to use the company’s new lion design will be the next-generation 308, which is expected to be launched in March.

The new branding is already present on the company’s redesigned websites, and will flow through to cars and dealerships over the next few years.

Linda Jackson, CEO of the Peugeot brand, told reporters development of the new logo and identity has been under way “since before we even started thinking about Stellantis”.

Notably the company used a 1960s-style badge on its 2018 e-Legend concept coupe, well before the merger between the PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler was announced in late 2019.

While the Peugeot family began their steel business in 1810, it wasn’t until 1847 the firm introduced its first logo: a lion perched on an arrow. Since then the company has always used the big cat as part of its brand identity.

The heraldic standing lion pose was introduced in 1948, but was replaced in 1960 by a roaring lion’s head inside a shield, the design most similar today’s redesign.

Sixteen years later the classic standing lion that most of us are used to was introduced.

Although the basics have remained the same, this logo has been updated three times, with successive iterations featuring extra 3D effects.


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