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Other News | 22 10 2012
Galway Man Heads Up New Peugeot Design Lab in Paris

Galway man, Cathal Loughnane, has been appointed Manager of the new

Peugeot Design Laboratory in Paris. Reporting to Gilles Vidal, Director of

Style at Automobiles Peugeot’s Design Centre, Cathal takes control of the

newly formed studio. Fuelled by enquiries from outside companies, the

studio has been launched by Peugeot to offer a team of design specialists to

external clients from sectors outside the automotive world.


Cathal, 34, qualified as an engineer at the Dublin Institute of Technology,

Bolton Street before joining PSA Peugeot Citroen in 1999, initially as an

intern. His internship came about when he came first place in a design

competition for Irish design students, organised by Irish company, Gowan

Group: his young talent was recognised by the PSA Group in Paris. He then

spent 12 years working on vehicle interior design and on the design of

concept cars at the company’s creative centre, before being approached by

Gilles Vidal to head up the new venture.


Peugeot has a wealth of knowledge that comes from 200 years of industrial

heritage and 120 years of automobile creation. The new Design Lab draws

on the vast skills, experience and facilities of Peugeot Design Centres in

Paris, Shanghai and Sao Paolo. For its launch and to demonstrate its design

capabilities outside the automotive arena, the Peugeot Design Lab devised a

portfolio presenting visions of various products: a yacht, powerboat, an

aeroplane and a watch. At the Paris Motor Show in September, Peugeot

presented their exquisite piano on its stand.