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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After several years of steady growth, even as the rest of the market slowed down, the luxury auto segment is finally hitting the brakes. I'm not surprised, nor should you be. In fact, I will not be surprised if the slower luxury sales last a while.
There are some commonly held perceptions among car buyers that are getting tossed out the window right now. The biggest, in my opinion, involve the incentives dealers and automakers are rolling out to sell cars, trucks, and SUVs. So, with the March auto sales coming out, it seems appropriate to set the record straight.
The e-mail jumped off the screen at me. It came in earlier this week when I asked you why we have not seen a "game changing" car, truck, or SUV in a while. Ray wrote of his interest in Chevy's electric/gas hybrid Volt currently in development.
The clock is ticking at Ford. By the end of 2009, the company has targeted that it will be back in the black. That's less than 2 years away and with the economy slowing down, you might be looking at that deadline and wondering if Ford is going to make it.
Mojo, Buzz. You pick the adjective. The auto industry is lacking the one car, truck, or SUV that everyone is talking about. You know, the one model getting attention, good or bad. Think Hummer from 5 years ago. Or the Prius 3 years ago.
Talk about an amazing race. More than 65 futuristic, but real cars, will be racing throughout 10 U.S. cities, with the winner getting $10 million dollars. Sounds incredible, and it could be. It's the Automotive X prize competition which just signed on with Progressive Insurance providing $12.5 million dollars as the title sponsor.
I hate to lose. I admit it. It's my competitive nature. Which will make today at the NY Auto Show a painful and costly experience for me. Today, Pontiac is showing its newest crossover utility vehicle. It's coming from GM's Australian subsidiary Holden and I have to admit it's pretty cool.
As I sat down to interview Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli, Co-President Jim Press, and Co-President Tom LaSorda two things jumped out in my mind. First: is Chrysler's turn-around on target? Second: Do Chrysler's growth plans remove lingering doubts about the automaker's future.
It's not quite 1999, but it sure is starting to feel like that again. Back then, leasing a car was all the rage. The percentage of leased cars, trucks, and SUVs was substantially higher, and you often heard people say, "Don't buy it. Lease it!!"
Jaguar Land Rover has signed David Beckham as a brand ambassador for its Jaguar brand as it looks to sustain sales growth in China. The FT reports.
CEO Mary Barra's first crisis is how GM handled the recall of 1.37 million vehicles sold with a faulty ignition key.
According to a new report, fine art was the worst performing collectible last year, with prices down 3 percent.
Toyota Motor is prepping the first-ever "green bond" in the U.S. auto asset-backed security (ABS) market.