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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Why are investors sticking with Toyota? It all comes down to Toyota's track record, balance sheet, and belief that Toyota will eventually bounce back.
Just two years after being bailed out by the US government, General Motors is announcing today that it will spend $2 billion to add approximately 4,200 jobs at 18 plants in eight states.
GM made $2 billion last quarter and forecast growing earnings this year. How do investors react? Buy pushing shares of GM lower. Welcome to the new conundrum facing GM.
For the longest time, it seems like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic were the Lakers and Celtics of compact cars. Year in, year out they dominated the category. Sometimes it was because the competition from Detroit was non-existent. Sometimes because they were so far superior to their competition from around the world it was a joke. Those days are gone.
Talk about the tale of two automakers going through opposite first quarters. The earnings for Hyundai and Honda show just how much the earthquake and tsunami has hurt one, while the other is on a roll.
With electric cars and plug-in hybrids generating more buzz than ever before, a new study by J.D. Power drives home a bit of reality about the green wave rolling into showrooms. J.D. Power surveyed more than 4,000 potential car buyers and what did they find: For Most Consumers, Cost Matters More than the Environment.
Audi plans to increase spending on new models and plants to around $29 billion through 2019, stepping up competitions with BMW.
Not only are the retro-looking travel-trailers still being built by hand, but the company also can't keep up with demand.
The Tesla Roadster is getting a battery upgrade that will allow it to drive several hundred miles without recharging.
High-cost, short-term car title loans are leading people to take out risky lines of credit.
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