Autodesk Debuts at 2008 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Design Technology Leader Sponsors Key Events and Showcases European Automaker Success

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK), a world leader in design innovation technologies, will make its debut appearance at the 2008 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile, one of the world's largest and most important auto shows, in Paris Porte de Versailles, France, from October 4-19, 2008.

Autodesk's participation reflects its focus on providing a solution for Digital Prototyping that helps automotive industry manufacturers to better concept, model and test designs before they are ever built, thereby reducing costs and accelerating time to market. Sponsored by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile has been the venue for the introduction of new production automobile and concept cars for more than a century.

As part of its presence at the show, Autodesk will be serving as a gold sponsor for several main events:

    --  AutoDesignNight. Scheduled to take place on October 2, AutoDesignNight
        provides an unparalleled networking opportunity for the automotive
        industrial design community in a casual, but professional, atmosphere.
        For more information, visit

    --  Interior Motives Design Awards. On October 3, this contest recognizes
        automotive industrial design achievements in categories ranging from
        Best Conceptual Interior, Best Use of Ambient Lighting, Best Safety
        Innovation and more. For additional information, visit

"Historically, Autodesk has been a major partner of the global automobile industry, delivering integrated conceptual design, engineering, and manufacturing tools across all phases of product development," said Robert "Buzz" Kross, senior vice president of Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions. "Our attendance at the Paris Motor Show, and our sponsorship of AutoDesignNight and the Interior Motives Design Awards, is a natural extension of our commitment to meeting the needs of global automotive engineers and designers."

Digital Prototyping on Display

Autodesk customer Estech, a French design firm specializing in the industrial automotive field, will have a booth at the 2008 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile (Hall 3, Lane 5, Stand 524) displaying its full-scale show car, the Crysalys, which it developed using Autodesk Digital Prototyping tools.

Digital Prototyping brings together design data from all phases of the development process to create a single digital model. This digital model simulates the complete product and gives designers and engineers the ability to better visualize, optimize and manage designs before producing physical prototypes.

"The Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping helps us to better concept, model and test designs before they are ever built," said Herve Roman, chief executive officer of Estech. "A wide range of Autodesk products, from Autodesk AliasStudio to Autodesk Showcase, worked together seamlessly to create a digital workflow and speed the development of the Crysalys."

Venturi Automobiles, an ecologically minded French sports car manufacturer, will also have a booth at the show (Hall 5, Lane 1, stand 101) to display animations of its latest prototype vehicle, which was developed with Autodesk Opticore real-time raytracing visualization software, which produces highly interactive and realistic 3D digital product visualizations and presentations.

Gildo Pallanca Pastor, chief executive officer of Venturi Automobiles, said, "Autodesk 3D visualization software solutions enable us to implement a fully digital design process. Those tools reduce development costs of our future models; the choice of production is not based on expensive physical prototypes but on digital prototypes that are entirely explorable and modifiable anytime."

Autodesk in Automotive

Autodesk is the market leader in solutions for automotive design, styling and marketing development and is a major supplier of engineering and visualization software for the automotive industry. For more than 20 years, Autodesk has provided automotive original equipment manufacturers with innovative 2D and 3D applications to simplify the design-to-manufacturing process and provide creative professionals with photorealistic tools that transform imagination into reality. Many of the new vehicles presented by car manufacturers at the 2008 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile were designed with Autodesk solutions for Digital Prototyping.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc., is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art Digital Prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are built. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit

Autodesk, AutoCAD, AliasStudio, Opticore, and Showcase are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

(C) 2008 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

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