Marchionne e dolci dell’Istria

Posted on January 18, 2011

Newly svelte Marchionne pitches the pasta, can’t shed the smokes (yet)

Automotive News | January 17, 2011 – 12:01 am EST

Kicking the carbs? No problem. But the auto industry’s best-known chain smoker is having trouble booting the butts.

After ducking out for a smoke last week at the Detroit auto show, Sergio Marchionne confirmed he’s trying to quit, but isn’t there yet.

But the Chrysler and Fiat CEO has given up something else — carbohydrates — and the results are evident. Marchionne, who previously sported a slight paunch, looked positively svelte at the Detroit show. He said he has lost 30 pounds by giving up bread, rice and pasta — no small feat, given his Italian-Canadian heritage.

During a question-and-answer session, a journalist asked Marchionne if he had dropped a few pounds. Never one to miss a sales pitch, Marchionne replied by linking his appearance to efforts to improve the fuel economy of Chrysler’s fleet: “I have lost a ton of weight. I’ve done it in conjunction with most of our architectures.”

The hardest part of kicking the carbs? Giving up his mother’s home-made apple strudel and palachinkas, a type of European crepe.


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