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Volkswagen Pioneers Digital Mock-up For Automobile Design With CATIA.

WOLFSBURG, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--October 14, 1997--Volkswagen AG announced today that they will design and develop the platform for their new car range using CATIA's digital mock-up. This will minimize the number of physical prototypes required, and reduce the overall time needed to develop new vehicles.

"We have established a strategic relationship with IBM and Dassault Systemes to achieve a world-class CAD-based product development process," said Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Corporate Executive Director of Development at Volkswagen. "Worldwide concurrent engineering with CATIA will support our entire platform strategy by integrating development resources from all our model ranges - Audi, SEAT, Skoda and VW and from our key suppliers into a completely digital process. User driven solutions will enable best-practice methodologies to ensure optimum end-to-end quality from styling to vehicle production. This strategic relationship offers Volkswagen new technologies to address the challenges of ever increasing competition in the world's automotive market."

Volkswagen today uses CATIA extensively in the design of the interior and exterior body, electrical systems and chassis. With today's announcement, they will now use the capabilities of CATIA's digital mock-up products and solutions as well. CATIA Digital Mock-up enables the design of complex products such as cars, within a computer network by multi-disciplinary teams that have access to the same product data.

Digital mock-up was pioneered by the aerospace industry. Volkswagen extends its use to the automotive industry for the design of platforms which comprise underbody, seats and engine. The large number of variants and options in an automobile significantly increases the challenges faced by designers. Volkswagen will use CATIA Digital Mock-up to address these challenges.

"Our agreement with Volkswagen is a new step in our consultative approach to implementing world-class product and process engineering practices with leading edge companies," said Bernard Charles, President of Dassault Systemes. "The digital mock-up approach of Volkswagen does not just allow prototype savings but will leverage engineering concurrency through design in context. This cooperation will reinforce the CATIA evolution for process and task support. All our customers will benefit from the resulting new capabilities in CATIA Solutions Version 4 and our strategic development of Virtual Product Modeling Capabilities."

"Volkswagen's decision underlines IBM's broad consultancy skills, deep knowledge of automotive industry process and expertise in the implementation of Virtual Product Modeling," said Frank Lerchenmueller, Vice President of IBM's Worldwide Engineering Technology Solutions. "We have built on the world-class capabilities of CATIA to enable Volkswagen to gain the advantages of Digital Mock-up."

CATIA/CADAM Solutions Version 4 provides unique Solutions for integrated product and process development and teamwork optimization. It includes an evolutionary architecture which enables customer growth and leading-edge applications for task optimization. CATIA(a) and CADAM(b) are developed by Dassault Systemes and marketed and supported worldwide by IBM and its business partners. These solutions are leaders in the CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM marketplace with more than 9,000 customers. Many of the world's largest manufacturers as well as smaller companies with as few as one or two seats, are gaining a competitive advantage and achieving design excellence with these systems.

For further information, visit the CATIA web site at

(a) CATIA is a registered trademark of Dassault Systemes SA. (b) CADAM is a registered trademark of Dassault Systemes of America Corp.


Martine Vesco

Dassault Systemes


Sheri Chow

Dassault Systemes



Michele Katz/Jessica Davis/Libby Marshall

Morgen-Walke Associates


Caroline Bruel

Press: Madeleine Resener

Morgen-Walke Europe S.A.

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