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Forget the power suit. Behold the rise of the power sweater.
Sergio Marchionne, the auto executive steering the still-evolving alliance between Fiat and Chrysler, came to the Detroit auto show this week with no new models to display.
So the attention of the automotive press turned instead to Marchionne's signature styling -- rumpled sweaters, casual slacks and a professorial air that makes him a stand-out in Detroit's sea of sober dark suits.
Known for his long work hours, limited sleep and chain smoking, Marchionne's penchant for dropping quotes from Friedrich Nietsche, Karl Marx and Karl Popper also adds to his air of an academic who has wandered into the board room by mistake.
So how many black sweaters does Marchionne own?
"I buy them in the dozens," he said at an auto industry conference on the sidelines of the auto show. "I don't sleep very much so I buy them on the Internet. They come in all the time."
When the head of both Chrysler and Fiat gave U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi a primer on the 3.6 liter V-6 engine on some Jeep products, he found himself surrounded — as is often the case — by a throng of journalists and other show attendees.