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Automotive News - How digital prototyping is cutting development time and costs for new models

Computer simulation for crash testing, aerodynamics and fuel economy is shaving years off of the time it takes to develop a new vehicle, which is helping to save automakers millions of dollars.

The move to so-called “digital prototyping” has helped reduce the development time of a new model (from design freeze to Job 1) to 24 months from 36 months compared with the 1990s, according to research by analysts IHS Automotive. “The obvious benefits are lower costs, time savings and freshness of the product portfolio,” IHS senior manager Matteo Fini told Automotive News Europe