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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When Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne walked into the Chicago Auto Show, he was smiling and shaking hands with Chrysler employees and carrying a confidence we haven't seen at Chrysler in years. Amazing how one ad in the Super Bowl can change the atmosphere at a company. You can feel the change at Chrysler. You can see it on face of Marchionne.
After spending almost a year investigating the cause of Toyota cars and trucks suddenly speeding up, the Department of Transportation found no electronic problems in Toyota vehicles that could have caused unintended acceleration. For Toyota it is vindication. Vindication at a steep price, but vindication just the same.
Shortly after Chrysler ran its 2:00 commercial in the Super Bowl, Twitter and Facebook lit up with applause for the American automaker. There was no shortage of people praising the spot featuring images of Detroit, its famed native son Eminem, and a new Chrysler tag line, "Imported from Detroit."
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson calls it the "freak out point." It's the price for a gallon of gas when consumers will freak out and make a conscious decision to change their driving habits, the type of car or truck they will buy, or perhaps decide not to buy at all.
It's a common complaint, I hear and yes, have even lodged myself: red light cameras are ridiculous and a tool cities use just to rake in money through tickets. We like to portray ourselves as victims. After all, our driving is never the problem right?
Consumers bring only 75 percent of recalled cars to be fixed, and the agency said it hopes the new tool will boost that rate.
Big investors are shaping transportation in 2039 by betting on relatively boring fixes to bridges, airports and roads.
The rise in borrowers falling behind on auto loans will renew concerns the auto industry is creating a bubble for subprime loans.
General Motors's website for owners of its vehicles recalled for faulty ignition switches has been expanded to include all 20 models involved.
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