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.
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.
How is it we live in era where there is more ways than ever before to customize your car so it's just the way you want it, and yet the most popular color for new car buyers is as vanilla as can be. Yep, that's right, the annual report on the most popular color for new car buyers in North America has been released by DuPont and it shows that white/pearl is the #1 choice for the fifth consecutive year.
In the rarified air of ultra luxury supercars, the newest model to roll into the US will turn heads. Not because it will fly by you in a blur (0-60 in 2.9 seconds) or because thee price tag of $1.8 Million dollars makes it among the most expensive cars in the world. No, the reason jaws will drop when the Zenvo ST-1 50S zips by is because there are so few of these supercars on U.S. roads To be exact, only 3 have been sold here in the states.
For Akio Toyoda, the CEO of Toyota, 2011 can't end soon enough. This has been one of the worst years ever for the Japanese auto maker. And that's saying something after a disastrous 2010 filled with millions of vehicles being recalled and the safety of Toyota vehicles being questioned. But for Akio, you play the hand your dealt, or in this case, the strong yen being dealt.
Tesla shares rose 6 percent on Monday, days ahead of news about its new stationary storage battery unit.
Harley's incoming CEO raves about the electric bike favored by Scarlett Johansson's character in the new "Avengers."
No matter how great your driving record, expect to pay a lot more in Michigan.
Volkswagen said in a statement that Ferdinand Piëch would resign as chairman of the automaker's supervisory board.
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