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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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.
The clock is ticking at Ford. By the end of 2009, the company has targeted that it will be back in the black. That's less than 2 years away and with the economy slowing down, you might be looking at that deadline and wondering if Ford is going to make it.
Mojo, Buzz. You pick the adjective. The auto industry is lacking the one car, truck, or SUV that everyone is talking about. You know, the one model getting attention, good or bad. Think Hummer from 5 years ago. Or the Prius 3 years ago.
Talk about an amazing race. More than 65 futuristic, but real cars, will be racing throughout 10 U.S. cities, with the winner getting $10 million dollars. Sounds incredible, and it could be. It's the Automotive X prize competition which just signed on with Progressive Insurance providing $12.5 million dollars as the title sponsor.
I hate to lose. I admit it. It's my competitive nature. Which will make today at the NY Auto Show a painful and costly experience for me. Today, Pontiac is showing its newest crossover utility vehicle. It's coming from GM's Australian subsidiary Holden and I have to admit it's pretty cool.
As I sat down to interview Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli, Co-President Jim Press, and Co-President Tom LaSorda two things jumped out in my mind. First: is Chrysler's turn-around on target? Second: Do Chrysler's growth plans remove lingering doubts about the automaker's future.
It's not quite 1999, but it sure is starting to feel like that again. Back then, leasing a car was all the rage. The percentage of leased cars, trucks, and SUVs was substantially higher, and you often heard people say, "Don't buy it. Lease it!!"
If you are in that group of people sick and tired of hearing about the popularity of the Toyota Prius, click off this page. Do it. I won't be offended and based on the e-mails I get here at Behind the Wheel, I know there are a lot of you who think the Prius is praised too much.
GM is dropping Chevy as its primary brand for mass-market vehicles in Europe and making Opel its mainstream line.
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.