This paper addresses the main thrusts anticipated in computer-based analysis, the expected breakthroughs in computer technology and critical challenges facing management in the motor vehicle industry because of these advances. Analysis requirements are both exploiting and causing breakthroughs in computer technology to cope with the increasing role of analysis in the overall design process. Improvements are continuing in such key areas as nonlinear response. This dynamic interaction between analysis and computer science is introducing challenges in such areas as organizational interfaces and the management of large data volumes. A Work Station Concept based on microcomputers has been developed to help meet some of these management challenges at reasonable costs.