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.
Follow Phil LeBeau on Twitter @Lebeaucarnews.
It would be nice if we could blame this on the weather. Truth is we can't. No, the dog days of summer in the auto industry are here for a variety of reasons that we expected, and a few that are lingering and frustrating many in the auto industry.
For the Nissan LEAF, the second year of sales in the US will bring a higher sticker price, more standard features and greater availability.
As expected, 2011 has been a relatively quiet one for electric car maker Tesla. But the absence of major product and corporate news has not scared off investors and Wall Street. Actually, there's been a steady rise in Tesla shares and increasingly positive comments about where the company is headed.
Halfway through the year and with the economy once again slowing down, auto makers and dealers are re-thinking their once ambitious forecasts for sales this year. For much of the first half of this year, auto executives were confident the industry would sell just more than 13 million cars, trucks and SUVs this year.
Shortly after I tweeted "Morgan Stanley replaces Ford with GM on best investment idea list as it upgrades N.A. auto sector" on Wednesday morning, I was boarding a flight when another person on the flight recognized me and took the opportunity to bash GM.
Toyota Motor promoted more foreigners to senior posts, including the first woman and first African-American to hold executive titles.
New data from Experian show auto loans with terms of six or more years surged in the fourth quarter.
AutoNation's CEO made his comments after Wells Fargo said it would cap lending to borrowers with low credit scores.
European carmakers and chemical and tourism companies stand to gain most from the weak euro, while the airline sector looks set to be worst hit.
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