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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Over the last two days General Motors has found itself dancing around the potentially delicate question of whether to run an ad this summer that might tick off oil companies. GM execs outlined an ad in Washington that has been described as a "dear john" letter to big oil.
Over the last two weeks I've been inundated with e-mails from readers venting about the latest round of cutbacks Detroit's automakers have announced. What's surprised me the most has been the wide range of reasons why you think the Big 3 are in big trouble.
If you've read this blog for long, you know how I feel about hydrogen fuel cell cars. Great potential. Limited real world possibilities right now. That said, this morning Honda gave us a glimpse into hydrogen's promise.
A new survey today by Auto Futures Group/TechnoMetrica concludes that people would rather buy gas/electric hybrids instead of diesel powered cars. Diesel fans will roll their eyes and say that's ridiculous, but that's the way it is.
The switch to 4 cylinders is picking up momentum, with the small engines powering almost half of all the vehicles sold last month. Yes, that's right, the 4 banger is doing a lot more than driving small and mid size cars. The reason? People are desperate to save money and these engines do that on two fronts.
Chrysler is not playing up the Challenger's HEMI engine as the classic muscle car returns. Who can blame them. The HEMI was a hot selling point a few years ago when gas was cheap and buyers clamored for power.
When gas prices spike, the public finally opens its eyes to alternatives. It happened in the mid '70's when compact cars became big sellers. It's happening again today with hybrids flying off of lots.
With oil surging to $138.54 and being projected by some to hit $150 by July 4, it's putting immediate pressure on automakers to adjust production and push small cars and crossovers while pulling back on trucks and SUVs. On paper, this shift seems simple enough. In reality, it's not so easy.
It's a major achievement Chrysler should rightfully be proud of. But it also highlights the next challenge for them, as well as GM and Ford: closing the "perception gap." First, here's the good news for the Big 3 on assembly plant efficiency.
GM found a way to stop ignition switches from shutting off nine years ago, but decided not to order the partial fix.
General Motors is facing increasing pressure to compensate victims for an ignition defect that prompted the recall of 1.6 million vehicles.
A new review of federal crash shows that 303 people died after the air bags failed to deploy on two of the General Motors models. The NYT reports.
GM said that even after the vehicles in its ignition-switch recall are repaired, owners should still have only the key and fob on the key ring.
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