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PLANO, Texas, March 3, 2009 – Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced that its software solutions were used for the digital design, analysis and product data management (PDM) of the Motor Trend® 2009 Car of the Year, the Nissan GT-R.
Editorial staff at Motor Trend magazine conduct extensive off-road, street and track testing, and evaluate driving performance, safety and features to determine the annual Motor Trend Car of the Year award winner. The honoree represents the vehicle that best exemplifies exceptional value, superiority in its class and most significant development on the new-car scene.
As the leading provider of PLM software and services for the automotive and transportation industry, Siemens PLM Software is a mission-critical partner for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (Nissan), providing PLM solutions to enable key business process improvement initiatives. The Nissan GT-R utilizes NX™ I-deas™ and Teamcenter® software technology for product development and product data management respectively. Siemens PLM Software’s digital product development solutions are used to digitally design vehicles and enable digital prototyping for all Nissan vehicles across the world. Teamcenter software, Siemens PLM Software’s flagship PLM portfolio, serves as Nissan’s global collaboration backbone. From early portfolio planning through product development, manufacturing and product obsolescence, Siemens PLM Software has set the standard for PLM technology in the automotive and transportation industry.
“The automotive industry understands the need to streamline product development and create efficiencies across entire organizations, and leading OEMs like Nissan are increasingly relying on PLM software to bring quality, efficient vehicles to market in a timely manner,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president, Global Marketing, Siemens PLM Software. “We are proud to support Nissan with innovative design and product data management software solutions, and congratulate the company on this esteemed recognition.”
Each vehicle vying for the Motor Trend award is evaluated against three essential criteria: superiority (innovation in engineering, technology, design, utilization of resources, safety, and packaging); significance (class-leading levels of vehicle dynamics and performance, build quality and execution); and consumer value. The Nissan GT-R was selected among 14 contenders for this year’s award distinction.
In 2008, Siemens PLM Software technology was used for the design of the Motor Trend Car of the Year and Sport/Utility of the Year award winners. Over the past ten years, Siemens PLM Software solutions for design, analysis, product data management or digital manufacturing have been utilized by more than 80 percent of the award-winning vehicles recognized by Motor Trend in the categories of Car of the Year, Truck of the Year or Sport/Utility of the Year.
Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.9 million licensed seats and 56,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.
The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 42,900 employees worldwide Siemens Industry Automation achieved in fiscal year 2008 total sales of EUR8.7 billion.
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