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Peugeot's roar-some new logo divides opinion

Peugeot logo
(Image credit: Peugeot)

Peugeot has rebranded, ditching the previous silver-toned lion in favour of a clean, modern, monochrome design set on a shield. It's a reboot  the brand's classic 1960's logo, but with a modern twist – one that Peugeot hopes will reposition itself as one of the more aspirational brands in the new Stellantis group.

At first glance, the new design stands out above the other flat design car rebrands of late because it's, well, still interesting to look at. And we have to say, we think it's a marked improvement on the cowardly Lion/Tin Man hybrid that has been a feature since 2010. But is it enough to rival our pick of the best logos?

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The new logo (Image credit: Peugeot)

Featuring a structured lion's face, the new lion's head has beautifully angled features drawn in white line, which are shorter and thicker than the 1960's version (see the entire evolution below), taking up less of the lion's head and allowing the negative space to sing. Sat inside a shield (much like the Lamborghini logo), modern meets classic in a way that we think projects the upmarket vibe Peugeot was aiming for. The design is simple and clear enough to work across a range of interfaces, without feeling boring. 

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Peugeot logo history (new logo based on 1960 iteration) (Image credit: Wikia)

Peugeot implemented a retro design language for the redesign, which includes a new font. The new branding is to be found on new cars from now on – beginning with the 308 hatchback next month.

There are many opinionated folk pointing out the similarities to other car brands, including Lamborghini and Ferrari (it is an animal inside a shield, whichever way you look at it). But since Peugeot used a shield as far back as 1955, we're not sure this criticism has, erm, wheels when directed at Peugeot. Though of course, it may indicate a wider problem with branding across the car industry – is it becoming homogenous?

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This is pretty similar though...

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Other opinions are mixed, with some commenting on issues with the size...

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Though there are some out there who just like the design.

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Car brands are flocking to the flat redesign party at the moment, and we think this is one of the more successful attendees. It's not in the same trend-busting sphere as the recent sizzling Burger King rebrand, but we understand car redesigns are a more sedate affair, so this works just fine. 

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