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.
Lost amid the Super Bowl hype and the better than expected jobs number was a very strong prediction from Toyota. The Japanese automaker says it expects global sales in 2012 to rebound to an all-time high. We’re not talking about an all-time high for Toyota. If Toyota hits its sales target it will be an all-time record for annual sales by any automaker.
This should have been a day to celebrate at Ford headquarters. It announced a pre-tax operating profit of $8.8 billion for 2011, its most profitable year since 1999. Instead, the company missed earnings estimates by a nickel and investors are focusing on the company's conservative outlook for 2012.
The problem for Akerson and his team is that it continues to struggle to break the connection between GM and the federal government. That connection still bothers a lot of people.
According to the EPA, using the AC at highway speeds is more fuel-efficient than open windows, USA Today reports.
Car buyers hit showrooms en masse on Memorial Day, helped by low-financing offers and other incentives.
As taxi medallion values fall, some cab drivers are trying to fight back against ride-hailing start-ups.
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