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.