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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By the time GM goes public, many taxpayers will be ticked off about how the company is being run. That's understandable given the nature of the federal bail out. Now those people need to realize GM is a company working towards independence and towards making choices they may not like.
After 3 years of planning, building and testing their are three teams splitting $10 million in Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize competition. They all won by achieving a goal many consider a pipe dream: getting 100 miles per gallon, or the equivalent of that for the electric vehicles.
OnStar is pushing to find more ways for subscribers to stay connected while behind the wheel. For example, GM is working on a feature that will allow drivers to use OnStar to update their social network sites safely while out and about in their car.
With this being the autumn of the electric car ramp up, the skeptics scoff at all the lithium-ion battery plants and assembly lines firing up around the country. The naysayers think there will be too much capacity and too little demand. A123 CEO Dave Vieau sees it far differently.
Two thirds of the way through the year, the Toyota brand finds itself in an unusual spot in the U.S. It's #3 behind Chevy and Ford. The Japanese brand could still close the gap and catch Chevy for #2, but I don't see it catching Ford for top brand honors.
The German automaker said the two companies would still cooperate on projects.
GM is calling for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to sign legislation that would ban the direct sale of automobiles in Michigan.
A star-spangled chopper ridden in “Easy Rider” sold for $1.35 million, making it one of the most expensive motorcycles ever sold.
NHTSA is urging owners of more than 5 million vehicles to "act immediately" to get faulty air bags fixed. The NYT reports.
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