Philip J. 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."
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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There are hook-ups that work, and hook-ups that don't. In the car business, there are many that fail to live up to their promise. Which has many people wondering if the partnership formed between Chrysler and Nissan will pay off for both companies. I think it will. In fact, it's a smart move for both companies.
When I heard that Toyota is finally getting into the sports car business two thoughts jumped into my head. First: it's about time. Second: those who accuse me of fawning all over the Japanese automaker will have a field day.
Figuring out how crash tests impact consumers is a tricky thing. Yes, if we see a model perform horribly, we'll talk about it and that model will likely see weaker sales. But when models improve, do we notice? What if they only rate as adequate?
The auto world may increasingly be steering itself towards doing business on the web, but at Ford, it's time to see if TV can still help shape the brand and image of a company. This week, Ford starts rolling out its "Drive One" marketing campaign, with TV spots hitting the airwaves. Ford execs are laying out the campaign for dealers at meeting in Las Vegas...
So I come back from vacation, and while I feel refreshed, I find most of the folks I deal with in the auto industry are tired, sluggish, and looking for a break. I can't blame them. This is a rough time in the car biz, and I don't think it will get better.
After several years of steady growth, even as the rest of the market slowed down, the luxury auto segment is finally hitting the brakes. I'm not surprised, nor should you be. In fact, I will not be surprised if the slower luxury sales last a while.
There are some commonly held perceptions among car buyers that are getting tossed out the window right now. The biggest, in my opinion, involve the incentives dealers and automakers are rolling out to sell cars, trucks, and SUVs. So, with the March auto sales coming out, it seems appropriate to set the record straight.
The e-mail jumped off the screen at me. It came in earlier this week when I asked you why we have not seen a "game changing" car, truck, or SUV in a while. Ray wrote of his interest in Chevy's electric/gas hybrid Volt currently in development.
And Ford is targeting the global market: The newest Mustang was unveiled in six cities around the world on Thursday.
Auto loan interest rates hit their lowest level in at least six years, and Americans took out a record number of loans.
Because of a surge in business from Black Friday, the auto industry posted its best monthly sales since February 2007.
The resurgence of GM shares comes as the Federal government is about to finish selling its stake.