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.
Follow Phil LeBeau on Twitter @Lebeaucarnews.
Back in 2008 when gas prices spiked above $4 a gallon, the demand for hybrids was so great dealers charged more than the MSRP for some models and had waiting lists of buyers more than willing to pay up for a gas-electric car. Compare that with the way people are looking at hybrids right now.
Blame it on the lack of infrastructure. There are so few nat gas pumps open to the public across the United States, auto executives fear the public’s desire to buy a nat gas powered vehicles will be limited at best. After all, why would some people buy a CNG car/truck if there are only a handful of places nearby to re-fuel that vehicle.
The RBC plant has nearly 200 workers building and supplying ball bearings to plane makers around the world. Bearings are critical parts in airplanes and their engines. From the flaps on a wing going up or down, to the landing gear moving into place there are scores of bearings in every plane.
Where there's smoke, you usually find fire. For some owners of Jeep Wrangler and Chevy Cruze models the fire is in the engine. It's a scary scenario and one that has happened enough times to prompt the Federal government to investigate what's causing the fires.
The latest price paid in the auction of license plates in Shanghai was 58,625 RMB or $9,380.
A voice mail greeting that says, "There is no free Tesla," and asks callers not to call back.
Ferdinand Piech, a towering figure at Volkswagen for more than two decades, resigned as its chairman on Saturday.
Ford recalled about 390,000 newer cars, including some Fiesta, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ models, with door latch issues.
Harley announced a recall of about 46,000 motorcycles after a problem was discovered through consumer complaints.
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