Philip J. 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."
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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As Toyota lays plans for a major incentive and marketing campaign designed to win back buyers, I was intrigued by the headlines coming from Toyota dealers at the National Auto Dealers Association meeting this weekend.
For years, if you wanted to buy a Toyota you knew that you weren't going to get much of a deal. It was a given. Some people grumbled about it, but most looked at it as the price you paid for peace of mind. After all, when you bought a new Camry or Corolla you knew the car wasn't going to break down or be part of a major recall like many of its American rivals.
One implies screwing up one too many times. The other suggests you finally get it right. The question for much of America is which one suits the current situation Toyota finds itself in right now?
Ever since Toyota's gas pedal problems came out roughly four months ago, I've often asked executives with the Big 3 why they aren't more aggressive going after Toyota. The executives often told me, "We're getting the message out there." It was as if the folks in Detroit were afraid to take a shot at Toyota.
Two weeks after announcing the recall of 2.3 million cars and trucks that may have sticking gas pedals, and just days after admitting there may be a problem with the brakes on 2010 Prius models, the namesake and top guy at Toyota finally addressed the controversy.
Ever since Toyota first addressed complaints about unintended acceleration last October, there have been a steady number of complaints from Prius owners. I've heard them from time to time and they basically amount to Prius owners saying their car suddenly sped up or the brakes didn't work properly.
Today in Washington, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood publicly blasted Toyota for being slow to react to concerns about its accelerators and unintended acceleration. LaHood said federal safety officials had to "wake them (Toyota) up" to the seriousness of the pedal issue.
South Korea's Hyundai Motor on Sunday unveiled its small sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept targeted at the Chinese market.
Toyota Motor aims to double auto sales in China to around 2 million vehicles a year in the future, a senior executive said on Sunday.
Volkswagen will keep adding capacity in China as the German group is counting on double-digit growth in the biggest auto market.
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