MSC.Software Helps Polaris Industries Design and Test Recreational Vehicles
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MSC.Software Helps Polaris Industries Design and Test Recreational Vehicles

Leading Manufacturer of ATVs and Snowmobiles Standardizes on MSC.ADAMS Software Tools, Illustrating Demand for Simulation Technology in New Markets

SANTA ANA, Calif., May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSC.Software Corp. , the leading global provider of virtual product development (VPD) simulation software, services and systems, today announced that Medina, Minnesota-based Polaris Industries has standardized on MSC.ADAMS software tools for the design and development of recreational vehicles. Polaris Industries Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures all terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, motorcycles and personal watercraft (PWC) and had revenues of more than $1.5 billion in 2002.

"There are thousands of manufacturers around the world who are looking to start using, or increase the use of, VPD technology to help them develop better products in less time and for less cost," said Frank Perna, chairman and chief executive officer of MSC.Software. "The MSC.Software team is focused on developing customer relationships in targeted industries, like recreational and off-road vehicles, where our software, services and systems offerings can add real value to the design and testing process for new products. We see this as a significant market opportunity and are confident that simulation will be an ever-increasing part of the process for companies like Polaris."

"Polaris chose MSC.ADAMS primarily because of the template-based approach to engineering solutions, the efficiencies of which allows us to explore more ideas up-front in the design process," said John Callahan, Chief Technology Officer at Polaris Industries. "This will allow a re-focusing of the experimental based test strategies for further refinement of Polaris recreational vehicle attributes. We view MSC.Software as a key partner in achieving our Virtual Product Development goals."

In 2002, Polaris placed orders for multiple seats of MSC.ADAMS software licenses. Polaris currently uses MSC.ADAMS to design suspension and steering systems for Polaris's ATV line in order to predict general vehicle dynamics and loads for durability analysis. In 2003, Polaris plans to phase in use of MSC.ADAMS into the design process for snowmobiles, motorcycles and ultimately into their personal watercraft line.

For more information on MSC.ADAMS or other MSC.Software products, please visit http://www.mscsoftware.com/products/.

About MSC.Software Corporation

MSC.Software (NYSE: MNS) is the leading global provider of virtual product development products, including simulation software, services and systems, that helps companies make money, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies in hundreds of industries to develop better products faster by utilizing information technology, software, services and systems. MSC.Software employs more than 1500 people in 23 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit www.mscsoftware.com .

About Polaris

Polaris is a worldwide manufacturer and marketer with over 3,800 employees. The company is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and operates engineering and manufacturing facilities in Roseau, MN; Osceola, WI; and Spirit Lake, IA. It also has a wholly owned subsidiary in Winnipeg, Manitoba and a distribution center in Vermillion, SD. Polaris products are sold worldwide through a dedicated network of nearly 2,000 dealers in North America and wholly owned subsidiaries in France, UK, Norway, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand in addition to 40 distributors covering 100 countries.

Polaris common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange and the Pacific Stock Exchange under the symbol PII, and had sales of $1.5 billion for 2002. Their URL is http://www.polarisindustries.com/

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Email Contact, or Joanne Keates, Director of Investor Relations,
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