Automobili Lamborghini makes new Board of Management appointments

Starting from 1 January 2020, Mr. Perosino is responsible for the Global Sales Department, with the goal of consolidating the company’s extraordinary growth and its latest sales record, which was achieved partly thanks to the launch of the new Super SUV Urus.

Giovanni Perosino takes over from Federico Foschini, who in turn is confirmed as a board member in the senior position of Chief Procurement Officer. Having graduated in Engineering Management, Mr. Foschini has been part of the Lamborghini team for 20 years. During this time, he has held various roles with increasing responsibility, firstly in purchasing and then as Project Management Officer, up until his appointment as Sales Director in 2015.

Giovanni Perosino, born in Turin, has a degree in Business and Economics from the city’s university. His first professional role in 1991 was at DMB&B, an advertising agency in Milan, from where he joined the Bacardi-Martini group, leading many successful projects in International Marketing for Europe from the HQ in Amsterdam. From 2001, he worked as Marketing and Communication Director at the Fiat Group, firstly for Lancia and then for the FIAT brand, until he took over as Vice President of Marketing Communication for Fiat Group Automobiles.

In September 2010, Giovanni Perosino joined the Volkswagen Group as Vice President of Marketing Communication for the Volkswagen brand at their headquarters in Wolfsburg. 

In 2014, he took on the same role within Audi at the premium German brand’s global headquarters in Ingolstadt, from where he joined Automobili Lamborghini.

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Hahnenkamm Race: Audi electrifies Kitzbühel

“HKR” is celebrating a special anniversary: Next weekend (January 24 to 26), the Hahnenkamm Race will be held for the 80th time. Year after year, some 100,000 spectators flock to Kitzbühel to watch the men’s competitions in Super G, slalom and of course on the awe-inspiring “Streif” downhill course. Audi has now been supporting the season’s pinnacle event in Austria as well as the entire Audi FIS Ski World Cup as a partner and its title sponsor for nearly two decades. 

This year, the Audi e-tron, the brand’s first fully electric model, will once again be playing a starring role at the event: 50 of the 85 cars of the shuttle fleet are electrified and the e-tron, in addition to other models, will also be deployed at the Audi driving experience in nearby Kirchberg. For this purpose, the complex, which is home to an off-road park and a slalom course, will be equipped with a mobile charging station for the first time.

For those seeking a personal experience of the legendary Mouse-Trap with its 85-percent gradient without putting on skies themselves, Audi Austria has designed an app that will initially take them up the Streif in an Audi e-tron and subsequently back downhill from the start house toward the Mouse-Trap on skies. Skiing legend Hans Knauß and presenter Stefan Steinacher will serve as commentators of the performance. The app App is called “#unraceable Ski Challenge” and available free of charge for iOS and Android at the respective online stores.

Audi has been supporting the alpine athletes as the World Cup’s title sponsor for nearly two decades and has been the principal sponsor of the German Ski Association (DSV) including all national teams for 35 years. The brand also has commitments with many other alpine national teams and appears as a partner at selected events. Some teams regularly train at the Audi wind tunnel center in Ingolstadt or participate in Audi driving experience events at the Audi driving experience center in Neuburg an der Donau.

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Consumption figures of the models named:

Audi e-tron
Combined power consumption in kWh/100 km: 26.4 – 22.9 (WLTP); 24.6 – 23.7 (NEDC);
combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 0
Fuel/power consumption and CO2 emissions figures given in ranges depend on the chosen equipment level of the vehicle

Audi provides sustainable mobility and charging solutions at World Economic Forum in Davos

In doing so, the company is creating its own model sustainable mobility ecosystem in wintry Davos. Using roughly 100 electrified Audi models in combination with the shipping containers for charging allows the company to operate a virtually CO2-neutral shuttle fleet for the major event. In addition to the fully electric Audi e-tron, the flagship Audi A8* as a plug-in hybrid model will also be on the road. The three charging containers are each equipped with four used Audi e-tron battery systems that deliver their overall charging capacity of roughly 700 kW at three charging terminals, each with an output of 150 kW, and have a storage capacity of around 1.0 MWh. To this end, Audi is cooperating with Swiss energy company ABB. This solution reduces the strain on the local grid to a minimum during peak times of demand in particular. The power for the three mobile containers in Davos, in turn, is generated from 100 percent local hydroelectric power.

The World Economic Forum in Davos is one of numerous events for which Audi is continuously developing its sustainable electric charging solutions. At the Hahnenkamm Alpine Ski World Cup in Kitzbühel, Austria, for example, the company will be testing a new charging container that is fitted with individual battery modules instead of entire e-tron batteries for the first time as from January 24. The space-saving design allows the charging terminals to be integrated in the container directly. Each charging container consists of 400 reused e-tron battery modules; this corresponds to roughly eleven complete batteries. With an overall charging capacity of 1.2 MW and a storage capacity of 1.0 MWh, up to eight Audi e-tron can be charged simultaneously at high-power chargers without requiring any form of connection to the grid. The 30-foot container provides a total of 20 charging points: eight high-power chargers with a charging capacity of 150 kW each and twelve 11 kW charging connections. When necessary, the eight high-power chargers can bundle their power in four 300 kW charging points in order to fully charge the Audi e-tron GT in 20 minutes based on 800-volt charging technology in the future. The latest generation of these charging containers was developed and built in cooperation with Austrian company Moon.

More than 20 further uses of the mobile charging containers are planned in the course of 2020 alone, for example during the Formula E in Rome. Trade and fleet customers are also to benefit from the customized charging solutions in the future. These will allow them to optimize their energy costs and operate electric vehicle fleets in a sustainable manner. Mobile charging containers can also complement the existing charging points at traffic hubs, for example during vacation periods, by relieving the load on local grids. The charging network IONITY is therefore currently testing the use of mobile containers in the context of setting up high-power charging parks in Europe.

*Fuel consumption of the models listed
(Information on fuel/power consumption and CO2 emissions in ranges depending on the chosen equipment level of the car and on the tires and alloy wheel rims used.)

Audi e-tron 55 quattro
Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (62.1 mi): 26.4 – 22.9 (WLTP); 24.6 – 23.7 (NEFZ); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 0

Audi e-tron 50 quattro
Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (62.1 mi): 26.6 – 22.4 (WLTP); 24.3 – 21.9 (NEFZ); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 0

Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km (US mpg): 2.7 – 2.5 (87.1 – 94.1); Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km: 21.2 – 20.9; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km (g/mi): 61 – 57 (98.2 – 91.7)

Audi driver di Grassi thrills with comeback drive

Thrilling duels, plenty of overtaking maneuvers, collisions and suspense right up to the last lap: The E-Prix at Parque O’Higgins in the Chilean capital delivered a typical Formula E race that swept the spectators off their seats. “It was absolutely fantastic,” said Lucas di Grassi. “I’m completely exhausted, but overjoyed to have moved up to seventh place from the second last row of the grid. I’m very proud of the entire team and Audi.”

The Brazilian had bad luck in qualifying, when an accident happened directly in front of him. He started the race from 22nd on the grid. With his comeback drive, he underlined that the Audi e-tron FE06 is one of the fastest cars on the grid.

Teammate Daniel Abt had to cope with traffic in qualifying. The German worked his way forward from 13th on the grid to eighth in the race. A 30-second time penalty subsequently imposed on him for causing a collision dropped him back to 14th.

Issues that concern everyone: Audi “Wissenschaft im Dialog” 2020 lecture series

In addition to presenting multiple lectures, “Academia in Dialogue” is a yearly event series that aims to promote interaction between the participants and speakers. The wide-ranging topics deal with current societal challenges including those in the areas of mobility, digitalization and mental health. Scientists present the latest state of research in these disciplines. They answer pressing questions that are arising in our increasingly complex and fast-paced daily lives. This year Audi has once again succeeded in acquiring prominent academics who will share the latest scientific findings with interested audiences. Audi has hosted more than 200 research scientists and about 31,000 participants since the scientific lecture series began in 2004.

Audi Board Member for Human Resources Wendelin Göbel is pleased that the format has been so well received: “‘Academia in Dialogue’ had about 1,000 participants in 2019. The ten exciting theme nights in 2020 at the Audi Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm locations maintain the high standard of the previous years. Interested people from the region are cordially invited to attend.”

The new program for the year can be found in digital form at

All lectures will be held in German language and will begin at 5 p.m. in the Audi Conference Center on Ettinger Straße in Ingolstadt or at Audi Forum Neckarsulm. Participation is free. You can register for lectures at The program for “Academia in Dialogue” includes details about the lectures and is available online from the Audi MediaCenter.

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The following lectures will be held at the Audi Conference Center Ingolstadt:

January 28, 2020
Urban air mobility: high above the roads – freedom will still have its limits
Prof. Rolf Henke
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

February 18, 2020
Social scoring system(s) in China: from hope to hubris and horror
Prof. Dr. Doris Fischer
Julius-Maximilians University Würzburg

April 21, 2020
From homo sapiens to homo digitalis: the effects of digitalization on our brain
Prof. Dr. Christian Montag
University of Ulm

May 19, 2020
Faded love? The car in the mobility transition
Prof. Dr. Andreas Knie
Technical University of Berlin

October 13, 2020
Cyberphysical production systems: the end of the assembly line?
Prof. Dr. – Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl
University of Stuttgart

December 8, 2020
Digital leadership: Leading in a digital world
Prof. Dr. Sabine Remdisch
Leuphana University of Lüneburg

The following lectures will be held at the Audi Forum Neckarsulm:

March 18, 2020
Traces of our self: opportunities and challenges of digital behavioral data for the automotive industry
Dr. Clemens Stachl
Stanford University

April 28, 2020
Mental health and the postmodern work environment: from wellness and high performers to burnout
Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. med. Andreas Hillert
Schoen Clinic Roseneck

July 14, 2020
Design of intelligent networked energy systems
Prof. Dr. – Ing. Reinhard German
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg

November 12, 2020
How sustainable are electric cars? Environmental and social impacts in the value chain of lithium-ion batteries
Prof. Dr. Thomas Stefan Spengler
Technical University of Braunschweig