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Maurice de Muer: Demanding cycling director for Peugeot

Known as the "little Napoleon", the cycling team director Maurice de Muer was one of France's leading sports managers of the 20th century – and someone to whom English-speaking cycling fans, even 30 years after his retirement, still owe a special debt. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, in his final years of three decades of directing, De Muer ran the prestigious Peugeot professional squad. Partly thanks to him, Peugeot's ACBB amateur "feeder" team opened its doors to a mainland European squad's first large-scale recruitment of young Anglophone riders – a key moment in a sport in which previously, barring a few notable exceptions, making a go of it on the far side of the Channel had seemed all but impossible.

Peugeot 508 1.6 THP 156

With the arguable exception of Mercedes, Peugeot has the oldest and simplest system of model designations in the motor industry. This is how it has worked for more than 80 years. The first of three digits gives a rough indication of the size of a car – a one or a two at the beginning means a small car, five or six means a big one – while the final digit indicates model generation changes; the 305 was the direct replacement for the 304, for example. The middle digit is always a zero, or at least it was until a system of double zeroes was introduced for people carriers, such as the 3008, and 4x4s.

Peugeot 508

It may not be 'premium', but this new GT matches anything from Audi, BMW or Mercedes

Peugeot 508 prices released

Peugeot has released prices and outline specifications for the 508 saloon and estate which go on sale in the UK in April. The new range, which starts at £18,150 will replace the company's current 407 models.

The Secret History Of: The Peugeot Peppermill

It looks like a classic wooden peppermill. You've probably used one without realising. But it is, in fact, a Peugeot peppermill. Yes, it turns out that the French company has been making pepper, salt and coffee mills for longer than it has been making cars. Who knew?

Peugeot RCZ 2.0 HDi FAP

Price: £22,250

Top speed: 137 mph 0-62mph 8.8 seconds

Consumption: 53.2mpg

CO2 emissions: 139g/km

Best for:
Returning Peugeot fans

Also worth considering? Audi TT, Renault Megane Coupe, Volkswagen Scirocco

Peugeot RCZ

The new RCZ augurs well for the next generation of Peugeot hot hatchbacks

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Peugeot sets bold new design course

Peugeot has given the clearest indications yet of the design direction it will take under its new styling chief, Gilles Vidal, who was appointed last month with the release of a redrawn version of its famous “lion” badge and the first pictures of its lithe new SR1 concept car.

Peugeot appoints new design chief

Peugeot has appointed Gilles Vidal as its new Design Director from 4 January 2010. Vidal, 37, who joined the French manufacturer in 1996, has been working on a new identity for Peugeot, which is expected to be unveiled in January.

Peugeot starts selling electric i0n

Peugeot has started taking what it describes as pre-reservations for its i0n electric car, which is expected to be introduced at the end of 2010. Although private customers can register their interest, it seems that the i0n is initially being aimed mainly at company and local government fleets.

Peugeot to introduce the sporty new RCZ to British buyers at the MPH

This is the RCZ, Peugeot's answer – although they wouldn't thank you for saying it – to Audi's successful TT sports car. The RCZ was formally launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but most British buyers will get their first chance to see it at the forthcoming MPH Show, a sort of car circus or variety event that takes place at Earls Court between November 5 and 8.