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.
You got to love it when Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne walks an auto show. In a world of auto execs often giving bland answers that provide little insight into what's happening in the auto industry and the global economy as a whole, Marchionne is a breath of fresh air.
With a court in Sweden denying Saab a lifeline as it tries a "voluntary reorganization", the struggling automaker continues to wither away. If you are a Saab fan, dealer, or owner in the U.S. watching the automaker slide closer and closer to irrelevance is troubling.
There's still a quaint notion around much of America that the only thing that matters in the auto industry revolves around Detroit and the US.
For the third time in the last four months, Chrysler outsold Toyota in the US. It's an interesting statistic that may or may not mean much given your perspective. Personally, I think it's an indication the Chrysler and its dealers are continuing to build momentum after being left for dead by the previous owners.
Ford and Zipcar are going back to school. Both companies are hoping their new partnership elevates their exposure to college age drivers, a segment of the population that is often overlooked and ripe with potential.
The vultures (critics) have been circling over the Toyota Camry for the last year and a half. Now, the new Camry is coming out at a time when rival sedans like the Hyundai spacer Sonata and Nissan Altima are picking up ground with fresher, more aggressive looks.
Nobody outside Tesla knows what its new mystery product will be. But there's reason to believe it's a battery.
"I'd be very surprised if five years from now we aren't a whole lot bigger," the billionaire investor said.
Take a sneak peek at McLaren's 570S sports car, which will be unveiled Wednesday at the New York Auto Show.
Cadillac and Ford's Lincoln Continental want to recapture the luxury auto market, but a Kelley Blue Book analyst sees roadblocks.
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