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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As we reported this morning, Chrysler executives are discussing a plan that would call for the struggling automaker to aggressively shrink its product and dealer line-up in a move to get the company back in the black.
A couple of items from the Chicago Auto Show that may not be getting the attention they deserve. Intellichoice has released its best overall value awards and, not surprisingly, Toyota's Prius is the best overall car under $24,000.
There's a snow storm bearing down on us here in Chicago, and with the auto market almost as cold and uninviting as the weather, the Chicago Auto Show is trying to shake the winter blahs. The unveiling of the new Dodge Challenger should help.
Yes, the game was incredible. So good, you could argue that, for once, the Super Bowl commercials took a back seat to the game. But for two automakers, Audi and Hyundai, the big game was big chance to show off two big models. Audi's spot for the new R8 ran early in game and played off the famous scene in "The Godfather"...
We knew January auto sales would be lackluster. We knew that auto dealers weren't terribly confident about the consumer. The numbers today have lived up to our low expectations.
Got a lead foot? Well here's something that will make you slow down: Speed Cameras. Yes, the cameras we will see at an increasing number of intersections around the country that will catch us ripping through areas 10, 15, 20 miles over the speed limit. Seems this is one picture we'd all rather not be in.
This afternoon, a new survey of car buyers is hammering home a point I've heard about, and blogged about, many times in the past: When gas prices hit a certain level people will turn away from big trucks and SUV's and migrate into hybrids and smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles.
Since writing my blog earlier today about whether or not you would be willing to pay extra ($1,500-$6,000) for a car that could guarantee returning an average of 35 mpg, I've been surprised both at the number of answers I've received, and what many of you are saying.
There's a bit of a debate brewing in Detroit, and frankly with all of the automakers around the world. The question is: How much more will car/truck/SUV buyers pay to buy a model that delivers 35 MPG? Or for that matter, to buy a ride that will meet the new fuel economy standards?
A new study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that Americans have a need for speed.
Mary Barra's success rests on whether she can make GM more competitive, profitable and live up to its potential.
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.