The Volkswagen Group, Europe's number one car manufacturer, IBM and Dassault Systemes (NASDAQ:DASTY) Bourse de Paris) announced today that Volkswagen has selected ENOVIA Solutions to support design activities throughout the Group. When fully deployed, the agreement will include more than 1000 ENOVIA(VPM) licenses that Volkswagen will use to manage the virtual product development of its passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

Volkswagen selected ENOVIA(VPM) after extensive evaluation of functions, such as configured product definition, maturity management, versioning and revisioning. ENOVIA(VPM) will support Volkswagen's multidisciplinary teams, including Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing, as they develop new cars within a concurrent engineering environment.

"To maintain and improve our competitiveness, our product creation process is strongly based on virtual technologies," stated Dr. Trac Tang, Volkswagen senior information technology manager for product creation. "Integrated in our CATIA infrastructure, ENOVIA(VPM) will increase the efficiency of our development teams and accelerate our design and verification processes."

Said Scott Hopkins, vice president of large enterprise worldwide sales, IBM Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), "We look forward to working with Volkswagen to help increase their market share by bringing highly innovative and competitive products to market faster with ENOVIA Solutions."

Said Joel Lemke, chief executive officer, ENOVIA Corp., "We are very excited with Volkswagen's selection of ENOVIA(VPM) as its solution to support the design process. We are dedicated to continuing to enhance Volkswagen's support of e-business throughout its Digital Enterprise. ENOVIA Portfolio is the exact solution for leading companies like Volkswagen."

ENOVIA(VPM) is part of ENOVIA Portfolio, a set of new and enhanced product lifecycle management solutions that support e-business throughout the digital enterprise. As a core solution for IBM's PLM, ENOVIA Portfolio enables small and large companies to increase innovation, optimize product lifecycle costs, and address new markets with evolving business models. Dassault Systemes develops ENOVIA Solutions, and IBM's PLM business unit and IBM Business Partners worldwide market, sell and support it.

Volkswagen is the number one producer of passenger cars in Europe, and number four in the world. It manufactures such well-known models as Golf, Passat and the New Beetle at more than 40 facilities worldwide. Initially, ENOVIA(VPM) will be installed at Volkswagen's headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany--Europe's largest automobile manufacturing site.

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