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Follow on Instagram: Peugeot design chief Gilles Vidal

If you like futuristic car sketches and tasteful styling

We met Peugeot design director Gilles Vidal at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. He was stylish, good-looking and pleasant, patiently answering boring questions from Filipino motoring journalists who had been flown to France to see and drive the all-new 3008 compact crossover. Impressed with the man’s cool demeanor, we followed him on Instagram as soon as we got back to Manila. He has been entertaining us with his posts ever since.

Obviously, because he’s a car designer, Gilles shares a lot of automotive drawings as well as pictures of other designers—who presumably report to him—hard at work.

Pencil sketch of the Peugeot Fractal concept car by Sébastien Criquet. INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL
A modern take on the Peugeot 205 GTI. INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL

Via Gilles’s account, you get the benefit of seeing the latest concept and production vehicles from Peugeot. Or at least those that are aesthetically fancy enough to merit his time and bandwidth.

The Instinct concept during a photo shoot. INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL
The Exalt concept is one beautiful Peugeot we'd like to see on the assembly line. INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL

And it’s not just automotive art that he posts on social media. He also lets his followers peek into the future featuring non-car stuff conceptualized by his team at Peugeot Design Lab.

According to the design boss, Peugeot has been creating tools since 1810. We'd buy this handsome power drill. INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL
Like other normal men, the guys at Peugeot Design Lab are into wristwatches as well. INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL

But really, the most interesting things that Gilles takes snapshots of are Peugeot automobiles (of course) both past and future. If you’re a fan of the French carmaker—or if you just really love cars in general—here’s a dude worth following on Instagram. Enjoy!

Speaking of timepieces, here's a Peugeot concept car called Quartz. INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL
The Peugeot 404 Diesel is still a sight to behold. INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL
The 504 Cabriolet was another interesting model from Peugeot. INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL
Back to the future: the Peugeot Quasar concept from 1984. INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL
The classic Peugeot 403, as photographed by Laurent Duchene. INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL
In 1941, Peugeot unveiled an electric microcar called VLV (Voiture Légère de Ville, or light city car). INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL
A concept car named "Exalt" certainly deserves a cockpit as magnificent as this. INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL
Gilles reveals that this Onyx concept is about to undergo a paint retouch. INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL
Even this hybrid 308R looks menacing. INSTAGRAM POST BY GILLES VIDAL


Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 23 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a new local car magazine. The rest, as they say, is rock and roll.



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