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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Remember the good old days? The days when auto shows were major events where an automaker could generate buzz with new models? Where you could see the public's appetite for new cars and trucks? Next week we'll see if auto shows still have the magical pull or if the pall over last years auto show season lingers into this year’s slate of shows.
We're now roughly a year away from the much hyped, much anticipated Chevy Volt going on sale and GM is starting to take the wraps off its extended range electric car. This week I was the first journalist to get an exclusive test drive of a Volt model similar to what we'll see in showrooms next year.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn could not have been any clearer about how many people will buy electric vehicles 10 years from now.
In the auto world, everyone is searching for the "Big Mo" - momentum. It's elusive and some of the best-laid plans rarely wind up producing it. But for three companies, the latest report from Kelley Blue Book shows Audi, Ford and Hyundai are generating more interest with potential buyers.
It stole the show at last year's auto show. Now the Cadillac Converj is getting the green light from General Motors. This is not only a smart move that could pay off over time for GM, but it also shows how far the auto maker has come in moving quicker when it comes to taking new models from concept to production.
Ever since Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and his management team unveiled their plan for reviving Chrysler last week, much has been made about what the plan is and is not built around: A heavy emphasis on four cylinder engines and very little mention of hybrids and electric cars.
GM is calling for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to sign legislation that would ban the direct sale of automobiles in Michigan.
NHTSA is urging owners of more than 5 million vehicles to "act immediately" to get faulty air bags fixed. The NYT reports.
Ford cuts Focus Electric prices to spur flagging sales, reports USA Today.
Harley-Davidson's earnings and revenue beat analyst expectations.
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