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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This morning GM released its global sales for last year, and guess what, the company is still #1 in the world. But it is now in a virtual tie with Toyota for the top spot. Officially, GM sold 9.369 million vehicles worldwide.
Give the guys at the blue oval credit. Their new model and new technology push is getting the attention of younger buyers. I'm not ready to say Ford's line-up is packed with models the youngsters want, but there's definitely momentum building.
This afternoon, GM investors got the kind of good news they've been craving for several months. Talking with analysts in Dearborn, Michigan, GM's Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said the company plans to save an additional $5 billion by 2011.
If you're one one those people who loves gadgets, staying connected, and the idea that your car, truck, SUV give you everything, you are in heaven. If you are the type who longs for just you, the car, and need nothing more than the basics, well, hang on to the steering wheel.
When you walk around the Detroit Auto Show, it's hard to say one model stands out above any other. Sure, the luxury and super luxury rides from Rolls, Lamborghini and Mercedes catch your eye. But there is rarely a brand new car that has people talking. This year it's a little different.
After 2 days of watching a slew of new models be introduced at the Detroit Auto Show, some impressions. 1. The Nissan GT-R is even more spectacular in person than I thought it would be. it a Corvette "killer" that will replace the American sports car as the speedster that delivers the best bang for the buck?
When the two largest automakers in the world announce major commitments to go green within minutes of each other, it is more than just a statement about the environment. Is about winning the battle for eco-friendly cars and trucks.
The new Dodge Ram pick-up is a big deal for Chrysler. As you’ll learn in the accompanying video, the heated competition is about more than size and power. It turns on how much luxury, convenience and cargo capacity an automaker can design into a vehicle.
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.