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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Now that the Big 3 are back from brink of collapse, we're starting to hear complaints from dealers and customers about the new reality in car shopping: tight supply. Both are unhappy that they don't have as many models on the lot to choose from. In some cases with hot selling models, there's little or no selection because the dealers are sold out.
General Electric is moving quickly to electrify it fleet vehicles. The big push starts next year with GE starting the purchase of 25,000 EV's, including 12,000 Chevy Volts. By 2015, GE plans to have half of its global fleet of vehicles be electric. In short, it's a major commitment by GE with major implication for GM.
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