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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Almost two weeks since an earthquake and tsunami devastated a large part of Japan and forced Japanese automakers to shut down their plants, there's a growing panic with American car buyers.
General Motors is cutting non-essential expenses and travel while it assesses the situation in Japan, a sign the auto industry is unsure how much the earthquake and tsunami may cripple the production of new cars and trucks.
Lexus, already struggling with limited supply and weak sales is finding itself wrestling with two big problems: rebuilding its inventory after the earthquake hit Japan and fighting off other automakers who are aggressively going after luxury car buyers.
Amid all the bad news coming out of Japan and the earthquake/tsunami devastation, it's the impact on Toyota's Prius production that is very intriguing.
As I walked to catch my train this morning I heard the first comment: "$100 million for the guys running Ford? Are you kidding me?"
An Illinois auto dealership is having what it calls a White Friday sale this month, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.
Thanks to bad press for Uber, "last week was our biggest week ever in terms of rides," Lyft told CNBC.
Honda failed to notify U.S. safety regulators of 1,729 claims of injuries and deaths related to accidents in its vehicles.
As Rolls Royce hits speed bumps in China, the carmaker is breaking new sales records in Russia as consumers look to diversify away from the ruble.
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