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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When the GM board of directors meets today the group will get an update from GM executives about the progress they're making turning around the troubled auto maker. The general consensus is GM is stable, but still far from ready to take off. The board knows this, and most importantly, so does Chairman Ed Whitacre.
Ever since Nissan announced the Leaf would be coming out next year, prospective buyers have been clamoring to get on the waiting list - 22,000 so far!
We knew September sales would be terrible following the Cash for Clunkers pop in July and August. So when you see both GM and Chrysler down more than 40% it's not a shock. Ford, after posting its first monthly sales gain in August, fell 8.8%. Toyota down 6.1%.
It's long been clear the best part of Saturn was its dealer network: a collection of the savviest, most powerful and connected dealers in the country. They are the folks GM wooed in the late 80's and early 90's because they had been in the car business for years and knew how to do it right. For all the talk about Saturn having loyal customers and a clean image, the real value of the brand has been and remains the dealer network.
With evidence mounting that texting and driving is more dangerous than drinking and driving, nearly everyone agrees that it is a huge problem that must be stopped. Sure, 18 states have made it illegal to text and drive, but the fact is many people-especially teens-continue to type away while behind the wheel. So why not take the next step, and have cars come with a device that jams cell phone signals for those in the driver seat?
Dealers are riding a used car bull market.
Fir Tree Partners stepped up its calls to replace Hertz's chief, saying CEO Mark Frissora "has completely lost credibility."
General Motors' premium Cadillac group is considering expanding its offices from Detroit to Manhattan.
More people will get away this Labor Day weekend than have in the past six years, reports USA Today.
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