PARIS – For two French car brands, the “French Touch” this year is more like a slap in the face, as Renault SA and Automobiles Peugeot undergo complete makeovers under the guidance of new design directors. The two auto makers’ new design languages recently were introduced in concept cars: the Peugeot SR1 at the Geneva auto show in March and the Peugeot HR1 and Renault DeZir at the Paris show in October. Production versions of the brands’ new design directions will arrive in head-to-head ...

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