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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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.
Within a week Hyundai will roll out its latest promotional campaign, and it has the potential to cut through the clutter and make Hyundai stand out from the competition. It's a variation of the Hyundai Assurance program with a new hook. This time, instead of agreeing to take back your car if you lose your job, Hyundai is now guaranteeing how much your new Hyundai will be worth when you trade it in 2, 3 or 4 years from now.
A year ago you would have scoffed at the possibility. Not anymore. And among auto executives there's a growing concern that when gas hits $4.50 a gallon sales will dramatically shift to smaller, more fuel efficient cars.
Uber will set a price cap in New York City amid the blizzard.
If you happen to meet Bambi one night while driving on a dark road, here's a suggestion: Hit him.
German car maker Volkswagen AG will recall 80,000 cars from its luxury division Audi, with around 35,000 of the affected vehicles from China.
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