Dassault Systemes Brings 3D XML To Toyota Motorsports

PARIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 6, 2006— Dassault Systemes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Toyota Motorsport GmbH will integrate the advantages of 3D XML into its design process to boost its usage of the CATIA V5 design solution.

"We are in no doubt that 3D XML will improve our fast-paced design process, allowing us to rapidly communicate design development to our mechanics on the track, and bringing far more accurate transfer of information," notes Magnus Lidstrom, VPM Parts Manager for Toyota Motorsport GmbH. "We predict it will greatly aid our long-term goal of being a race-winning team."

"The proven advantages of 3D XML will revolutionize the way the Toyota F1 team modifies its racing cars," says Denis Senpere, general manager, PLM North Europe, Dassault Systemes. "Being able to share information in 3D will bring tremendous advantages over using traditional 2D data. Dassault Systemes' powerful industry leading CATIA V5 software makes this possible."

In tests, Toyota Motorsport found that 3D XML helped improve its approval process on technical changes, and plans to implement it throughout design development. With engineers sending one 3D representation instead of multiple 2D images, all aspects of a part can be visualized quickly and easily by the mechanical team. This will not only save time, but with the many different players on the team being able to access the data simultaneously on laptops right at the track, makes it also a more reliable way of ensuring everyone has the required data at the same time.

The evolution to CATIA V5 with 3D XML fits well with the Toyota Motorsport philosophy of breaking down barriers to create total integration across departments, known as its 'one-roof concept.' The company has already seen many benefits from gathering the production of the racing cars in one location - something only a handful of Formula 1 teams are able to do - and 3D XML will allow the teams to work in closer collaboration than ever before.

About Toyota Motorsport

Toyota Motorsport GmbH is a European motorsport subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation. Toyota Motorsport GmbH is in charge of Panasonic Toyota Racing, the official name for Toyota's Formula 1 team. With over 600 staff from 32 different nations, Toyota Motorsport GmbH builds its entire Formula 1 car, the TF106, under one roof at its factory in Cologne, Germany. The 2006 F1 Championship is Toyota's fifth season in F1 - the pinnacle of motorsport - following its most successful season to date in 2005, during which the team, Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli scored 88 points, 5 podiums, 2 pole positions and a fastest race lap.

About Dassault Systemes

As world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, the Dassault Systemes group brings value to more than 90,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systemes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to maintenance. Our offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA(R), DELMIA(R), ENOVIA(R), SMARTEAM(R)), mainstream product 3D design tools (SolidWorks(R)), 3D components (Spatial/ACIS(R)) and SIMULIA(TM), DS' open multi-physics platform for realistic simulation. Dassault Systemes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com

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