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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The beauty of the X PRIZE is that it highlights a growing, but largely overlooked segment of inventors and entrepreneurs who are building cars that do not run on gas or diesel. These are folks experimenting with batteries, ethanol, even algae as the fuel to power our cars ad trucks.
For all the stories I do involving the auto industry, I'm always amazed at how many people will bring up how the auto makers pick the colors for future models and why some of those colors are popular in one part of the country, but not in another.
The Fiesta is a compact car that has been a huge hit in Europe and has been the focal point of Ford's strategy to crank out smaller, more fuel efficient models for customers in the US...But in a crowded market with strong competitors in the compact segment, Ford knows it will still have to work to make the Fiesta a big seller.
When the GM board of directors meets today the group will get an update from GM executives about the progress they're making turning around the troubled auto maker. The general consensus is GM is stable, but still far from ready to take off. The board knows this, and most importantly, so does Chairman Ed Whitacre.
Ever since Nissan announced the Leaf would be coming out next year, prospective buyers have been clamoring to get on the waiting list - 22,000 so far!
We knew September sales would be terrible following the Cash for Clunkers pop in July and August. So when you see both GM and Chrysler down more than 40% it's not a shock. Ford, after posting its first monthly sales gain in August, fell 8.8%. Toyota down 6.1%.
It's long been clear the best part of Saturn was its dealer network: a collection of the savviest, most powerful and connected dealers in the country. They are the folks GM wooed in the late 80's and early 90's because they had been in the car business for years and knew how to do it right. For all the talk about Saturn having loyal customers and a clean image, the real value of the brand has been and remains the dealer network.
Self-driving cars need to get permits in California said the DMV.
Pack your grill and gear for pregame tailgating in these roomy vehicles.
General Motors' Opel said on Tuesday it would reorganize its Russian operations, responding to "difficult" conditions.
There are 19 eligible claims for a person who died in a defective GM vehicle—and that number is likely to go higher.
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