TURIN — When PSA Peugeot Citroen's design team presented two radically different proposals to the French automaker's board in July 1997, more was involved than just the selection of the successor to the 306, Peugeot's best-ever seller in the U.K. The event was to prove pivotal in the transfer of power from outgoing Chief Executive Jacques Calvet to Jean-Martin Folz, the new chairman. Under Murat Gunak, Peugeot's then design boss, the Platform 2 team lead by British-born Keith Ryder, had ...

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