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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For Akio Toyoda, the CEO of Toyota, 2011 can't end soon enough. This has been one of the worst years ever for the Japanese auto maker. And that's saying something after a disastrous 2010 filled with millions of vehicles being recalled and the safety of Toyota vehicles being questioned. But for Akio, you play the hand your dealt, or in this case, the strong yen being dealt.
They are the type of high end shopping centers and malls that make a statement. Places where luxury retailers not only ring up big ticket sales while spreading their brand recognition among well-to-do customers. Whether it's Oakbrook Center just outside Chicago or Bellevue Square near Seattle or Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California the vibe is similar. These are places where you find Tiffany, Gucci, and now, Tesla.
On CNBC's Squawk Box Thursday morning, we will be talking to GM CEO Dan Akerson. He'll make the case for why the new GM is primed to grow sales, profits, and ultimately the stock price. We'll also get his take on why investors aren't buying the GM message.
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Ford CEO Alan Mulally can hear the investors clamoring. He knows that one of the main questions by Ford shareholders is when the country's second largest automaker will restore the dividend.
Consumer Reports annual ranking on auto reliability is out, and there are two conclusions that stand out: The Asians are back on top and the Domestic automakers have stumbled.
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Honda cut its annual profit forecast as it set aside more cash to cover an expanded recall of cars to replace potentially faulty air bags.
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The Japanese car manufacturer issued the recall because of a wire problem that could lead to a fire.
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