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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This is proof that even in a down economy, if you've got a hot product it will sell. In this case it's Ford raking in greater profit per vehicle thanks to a line-up that is spot on with buyers and the company's vision when it comes to in-car technology.
While the press debates the merits of the new Chevy Volt and the upcoming release of Nissan's electric LEAF, the most interesting "green" car story may be about the king of the segment, the Toyota Prius. It has not received as much attention, but Toyota's plans to extend the Prius line shows Japanese auto maker will be vigorous in making sure it continues to lead the industry in alternative fuel vehicles.
Monday was supposed to be the Chevy Volt coming out party. Instead critics came out pound GM for misleading the public about the whether the Volt is a true electric vehicle or gas-electric hybrid, like the Prius. The distinction doesn't change the performance of the Volt. It does, however, have everything to do with image.
I took the car out for an extended, real world test drive late last week. Over the course of 6 hours I tooled around eastern Michigan on highways and side streets. Regardless of where I drove the car, I kept saying to myself, "This car is going to change how people feel about driving an electric car."
We've known for some time that Lotus is revving up for a comeback. Now we are seeing just how serious the owners of the British auto maker are about coming back strong. At the Paris Auto Show they've unveiled five models, including a few that are near production ready.
Honda cut its annual profit forecast as it set aside more cash to cover an expanded recall of cars to replace potentially faulty air bags.
General Motors, Ford and Audi are among the list of automakers that have decided not to spend $4.5 million to run 30-second commercials.
A record total of nine models sold during the 2011 model-year have had a driver death rate of zero, NBC News reports.
The Japanese car manufacturer issued the recall because of a wire problem that could lead to a fire.
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