Phil LeBeau is a CNBC auto and airline industry reporter based at the network's Chicago bureau. He is also editor of the Behind the Wheel section on CNBC.com.
LeBeau has reported one-hour documentaries for the network, including "Dreamliner: Inside the World's Most Anticipated Airplane," "Ford: Rebuilding an American Icon" and "Saving General Motors" and "Failure to Recall: Investigating GM."
Prior to joining CNBC, LeBeau served as a media relations specialist for Van Kampen Funds in Oak Brook Terrace, Ill., and was instrumental in implementing an initiative to communicate the company's mutual fund and investment practices to the public and the press. While at Van Kampen, LeBeau held a Series 6 license.
Previously, he held general assignment reporting positions at KCNC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Denver, and KAKE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Wichita, Kan. LeBeau began his career as a field producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, where he wrote, produced and researched consumer stories. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism with a bachelor's degree in journalism and broadcasting.
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Once again GM is trying to make its in-car communication system OnStar into a popular feature car buyers will demand. Its former CEO Chris Preuss has stepped down and will be replaced by Linda Marshall, a communications industry veteran who recently joined GM. Her job, turn OnStar into a "difference maker" with GM buyers and owners.
Ordinarily, the start of production at an auto plant wouldn't get much attention. But today Hyundai started building the Solaris at its brand new plant in Saint Petersburg, Russia and the implications for other auto makers is worth noting.
Deloitte surveyed more than a thousand car buyers and the findings and comments from Deloitte are quite a mix and even baffling.
Porsche is back. So are two of the big three. The German automaker is participating in Detroit's North American International Auto Show after a three year absence, while Ford Motor and General Motors are enjoying revivals that are boasting their sales and reputations.
The NHTSA said on Monday that certain car owners should "act immediately" to replace defective Takata airbags, affecting 4.7 million vehicles.
Toyota Motor on Monday recalled 247,000 vehicles in the U.S. because a Takata-made air bag may rupture.
The last remaining lab of "mad scientist" Nikola Tesla will open it doors to the public this summer after a fundraising campaign saved the site.
A fatal accident near LA last year involved a Takata air bag, the third death in the U.S. linked to a defective safety component.
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