Chrysler switching to Siemens PLM product development software that Fiat uses

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

In a move that is considered to be a huge step towards merging its vehicle development with alliance partner Fiat S.p.A., Chrysler Group is switching to the same product development software that is utilized by Fiat.

According to the joint statement by Chrysler and Siemens PLM Software, Chrysler will use digital product development software from Siemens PLM.

Under the plans, Chrysler will first use the Siemens NX software for joint powertrain programs on the Fiat 500 minicar, Fiat 500EV, Fiat's 1.4-liter Fully Integrated Robotized Engine and Chrysler's next-generation compact vehicles.

In a statement, Scott Kunselman, Chrysler's senior vice president of engineering, said that integration of this tool will improve the engineering of the products as well as enhance the quality and time to market.

The software is expected to be gradually integrated into the design process of all Chrysler vehicles. This change is anticipated to have implications affecting millions of dollars throughout the supply chain.

Suppliers would have to connect to carmakers' product development systems. This switch in software suppliers will have an impact on engineers at thousands of Chrysler suppliers due to the need of the automaker and its suppliers to share engineering designs.

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