Dassault Systemes said carmakers Renault and Jaguar Land Rover have decided in favor ofthe French PLM software group's Version 6 platform.
Dassault said the carmakers evaluated other systems but decided to adopt its platform to address increasing vehicle complexity, the need for reduced time to market, quicker reaction to consumer desires, globalization, and stringent fuel economy regulation standards.
"Jaguar Land Rover and Renault were subject of intensive, months-long competitive benchmarks," said Olivier Sappin, vice president automotive industry at Dassault. He added in a press release that both companies have extensive Version 5 implementations as well as third-party enterprise software systems.
"Given those environments, their choice for Version 6 is, I think, a strong statement about Version 6's openness and ability to co-exist not only with our Version 5 solutions but with competitor solutions and processes," Sappin said.
John Knight-Gregson, PLM program lead at Jaguar Land Roversaid the carmaker will use Version 6 solutions as its primary communication and collaboration structure. Adopting the system, he said, "will significantly increase efficiencies."
Dassault's Version 6 enables global collaboration on a single integrated IP platform. The company also said its collaborative platform opens car development to consumers, capturing their expectations thanks to a 3D lifelike experience.
Version 6 applications can be connected to any system, including legacy systems whether proprietary or third-party. It provides automotive manufacturers with the ability to manage mixed application environments including data from multiple CAD vendors.
Dassult said it will continue to support and enhance CATIA Version 5 with Version 6 technology. To facilitate the smooth transition to Version 6, Dassault Systemes guarantees data compatibility between Version 5 and Version 6.