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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I know the Ford CEO is probably thinking, "Please don't focus on the millions in stock awards that just vested in my account."
Chevy's electric car, The Volt, is running on empty. With sales lagging and inventories building, GM has decided to idle production of the Chevy Volt for five weeks.
GM and Peugeot have officially agreed to an alliance Stephen Girsky, GM's Vice Chairman discusses the deal.
When I asked David Champion about the quality and reliability of the latest models tested by Consumer Reports, Champion said bluntly, “They’re still reliable, but the re-designs are disappointing. Their fit, finish, steering, and handling all need work.”
We're now at around $3.70 a gallon and some auto parts suppliers are primed to meet the demand for more fuel efficient cars and trucks with technology and products that help vehicles run more efficiently.
Gearing up for times like these are exactly the reason the Big 3 went through the painful restructuring of the last four years. Automakers need to be nimble when the demand shifts and it will be shifting as prices at the pump move closer to $4 a gallon.
More recalls of air bags made by Takata were announced, after the Japanese manufacturer boosted the number of vehicles affected.
There's no shortage of luxury vehicle choices, but increasingly the wealthy are opting for high-end SUVs instead of traditional models.
Hyperloop, the transportation brainchild of Tesla boss Elon Musk, which plans to take you from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes, could be be free to use.