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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One week after I blogged about the lack of outcry from Saab owners over the impending demise of the beloved brand of cars, supporters of the Swedish company are being loud and vocal in telling me to get a clue. In general, they think I haven't done my homework and haven't given enough credit to the Web sites devoted to saving Saab like Saabs United.
President Barack Obama's plan to announce the U.S. will cut its greenhouse emissions 17% by 2020, may finally kill off those who continue to believe new fuel efficiency and tailpipe emission standards for autos will never reached stated goals.
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.
General Motors and Chinese partner SAIC Motor Corp will soon announce a joint push into Indonesia.
U.S. regulators moved to recall 2.1 million older vehicles to repair airbag defects.
Honda cut its annual profit forecast as it set aside more cash to cover an expanded recall of cars to replace potentially faulty air bags.
General Motors, Ford and Audi are among the list of automakers that have decided not to spend $4.5 million to run 30-second commercials.
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