BOTH DAIMLER-BENZ and Chrysler use CATIA computer software for product development.
Daimler used CATIA to develop its first sport-utility, the ML320, which was designed and engineered in Germany and then moved into an Alabama factory.
Daimler has been expanding its use of CATIA and now plans to do away with a second, home-grown engineering software system in favor of CATIA.
Chrysler has used CATIA for years, and has pushed its suppliers to use it.
Chrysler credits the program with saving months of engineering time.
CATIA was developed in France. Engineers can draft in three dimensions and move drawings from office to office for changes and additions. The numerical data can even be used for virtual crash testing.