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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President's Day was a busy day for Fiat dealer John Bergstrom in Milwaukee. Busier than he expected. "If we had 30 Fiat 500's here at the dealership, we'd deliver all of them within the next two days," Bergstrom told me. Not a bad way to kick off sales of a new model.
At some point, and for some of us it's more often than we like, we get fed up with the guy driving in front of us who cut us off, goes too slow, or simply drives like an idiot. Now there's an app that allows you to truly let your feelings known.
Remember back in 2005 and 2006 when Mercedes was making plans to bring the smart car to the U.S.? The car was a hit in Europe and it became fashionable for people to say, "Why don't they bring that car over to the U.S.? there are tons of people who want a compact car like that."
Two years after seeing their company slide into bankruptcy, GM hourly workers will get the biggest bonus the company has ever paid out to its line workers. While the final payout will be announced later this month when GM reports fourth quarter earnings, but the bonuses will be at least $4,000 per worker.
When Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne walked into the Chicago Auto Show, he was smiling and shaking hands with Chrysler employees and carrying a confidence we haven't seen at Chrysler in years. Amazing how one ad in the Super Bowl can change the atmosphere at a company. You can feel the change at Chrysler. You can see it on face of Marchionne.
Ford Motor on Wednesday issued two safety recalls to fix an interior door handle issue.
A British multimillionaire could well be the first person to purchase the so called "holy-trinity" of rare supercars.
Eye-monitoring systems are quickly becoming a focus for automakers and suppliers, to keep drivers from getting distracted.
Prototypes of driverless cars are set to get the go-ahead on a stretch of Germany's busy A9 autobahn, NBC News reports.
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