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Dassault Systems to Sponsor 2nd Annual 'Eyes-On-Design' Competition at 2007 North American International Auto Show

PARIS & AUBURN HILLS, Mich.--Dassault Systmes (DS) , the world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), today announced that it will co-sponsor the second annual EyesOn Design competition to be held at the 2006 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on January 9, 2006. EyesOn Design is a Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO) fundraising event, which honors and recognizes the most significant new automotive designs on display at the auto show. Internationally renowned designers from the automotive, consumer and industrial design communities will judge the shows extensive display of innovative production and concept vehicles.

Vehicles are judged in three categories that embody critical elements of vehicle design -- the Aesthetics & Innovation Award, the Concept Implementation Award and the Functionality Award. Dassault Systmes is the sole sponsor of the Aesthetics & Innovation Award, which focuses on the essence of design and the innovation it takes to develop a new and significant design.

At last years Auto Show, almost 70% of the new vehicles launched were designed using Dassault Systmes software, so it is a natural fit for us to be part of the EyesOn Design program, commented Dassault Systmes CEO and President Bernard Charles, who will present the Aesthetics & Innovation Award. Our goal is to provide tools that enable innovation throughout the entire design and manufacturing process, helping the automotive industry produce exciting, high quality vehicles within a reasonable time frame and at a reasonable price. We are honored to partner with the DIO and to be a part of this prestigious event, which recognizes automotive design excellence and raises money to assist the visually impaired.

Top international designers comprise the jury for the 2007 EyesOn Design awards, including Willie G. Davidson (Harley-Davidson); Fabrizio Giugiaro (ItalDesign); and Niels Diffrient (Ridgefield CT - industrial design and architecture). The goal of this program was to create an awards program that celebrates the design profession, said Tom Gale, chief judge for the EyesOn Design Awards and the former head of design for Chrysler. "We are excited to see what the 2007 award show has in store."

Founded in 1972, the DIO works to educate the visually impaired, helping to preserve vision through public and professional education and by supporting research related to vision and the eye. More than 6,000 people directly benefit from these programs each year.

About Dassault Systmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systmes brings value to more than 90,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance. The Dassault Systmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing and ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, including ENOVIA VPLM, ENOVIA MatrixOne and ENOVIA SmarTeam. Dassault Systmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit

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