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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There's still a quaint notion around much of America that the only thing that matters in the auto industry revolves around Detroit and the US.
For the third time in the last four months, Chrysler outsold Toyota in the US. It's an interesting statistic that may or may not mean much given your perspective. Personally, I think it's an indication the Chrysler and its dealers are continuing to build momentum after being left for dead by the previous owners.
Ford and Zipcar are going back to school. Both companies are hoping their new partnership elevates their exposure to college age drivers, a segment of the population that is often overlooked and ripe with potential.
The vultures (critics) have been circling over the Toyota Camry for the last year and a half. Now, the new Camry is coming out at a time when rival sedans like the Hyundai spacer Sonata and Nissan Altima are picking up ground with fresher, more aggressive looks.
Talk about Italian style. Fiat has announced it is hooking up with Gucci to design a Gucci Fiat 500. The pint size convertible will feature Gucci’s green-and-red stripe along the side of the car. It will also be trimmed out in leather. In short, it will be dripping in Gucci style.
U.S. regulators moved to recall 2.1 million older vehicles to repair airbag defects.
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.
General Motors, Ford and Audi are among the list of automakers that have decided not to spend $4.5 million to run 30-second commercials.
A record total of nine models sold during the 2011 model-year have had a driver death rate of zero, NBC News reports.
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