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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Bringing back name from the past is an well worn approach in the auto industry. After all, the instant name recognition is a huge boost in a business where brand awareness and acceptance is everything. So it's not surprising the higher ups at Chrysler are replacing the woeful Dodge Caliber with a new compact car that will be called the Dodge Dart.
It is the great mystery when buying a used car or truck. How much will you spend repairing a particular car that looks great on the outside, but may not be on the inside. And more importantly, how do you know certain 2009 model is more/less reliable than a different model from 2007.
Look for solid auto sales, with Ford, Jeep, Hyundai/Kia and Tesla in the spotlight.
These predictions are bold all right. Some may even be outrageous. The financial world, however, is full of big surprises. Remember, you heard it first here.
After six weeks of discreet negotiations, Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have reached an agreement on a 4-year contract extension.
With questions swirling around the safety of the Chevy Volt following the launch of a federal investigation of battery fires in the car, the company is trying to reassure Volt owners and potential buyers. The question is whether it will have much impact.
At General Motors headquarters in Detroit, the leadership is facing a crisis. The Chevy Volt, the halo car that is supposed to paint GM in a better light and convince America GM has changed, is the subject of a federal investigation into whether it is safe or not.
A voice mail greeting that says, "There is no free Tesla," and asks callers not to call back.
Ferdinand Piech, a towering figure at Volkswagen for more than two decades, resigned as its chairman on Saturday.
Ford recalled about 390,000 newer cars, including some Fiesta, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ models, with door latch issues.
Harley announced a recall of about 46,000 motorcycles after a problem was discovered through consumer complaints.
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