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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In one week Ford has gone from being perceived as an automaker struggling to jump start its business, to a company and stock worth betting on. My how things can change in just a few days. So it's time to ask yourself: Do you believe Ford will come back?
How's this for an intriguing move. Tracinda Corp., the investment firm representing the vast interests of billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian is tendering an offer to take a greater stake in Ford Motor Company.
This is getting to be a habit for Ford Motor Chief Executive Alan Mulally. Once again, his company has posted better-than-expected quarterly earnings. This time, the company turned a $100 million profit when Wall Street was forecasting a loss of roughly $300 million.
Are we finally at the tipping point? You know, the point where people are so fed up with spending $40, $60, or $80 to fill up their car, truck or SUV that they clamor for something to be done? If word of mouth is worth anything, I say we've hit that point.
Talk about coming of age. The Beijing Auto Show and China's auto market are making a statement this week. It's loud and clear: "We are world players!" In fact, it brings up the question about whether this show and the Chinese market are bigger than the Detroit Show and U.S. Market?
There are hook-ups that work, and hook-ups that don't. In the car business, there are many that fail to live up to their promise. Which has many people wondering if the partnership formed between Chrysler and Nissan will pay off for both companies. I think it will. In fact, it's a smart move for both companies.
When I heard that Toyota is finally getting into the sports car business two thoughts jumped into my head. First: it's about time. Second: those who accuse me of fawning all over the Japanese automaker will have a field day.
Figuring out how crash tests impact consumers is a tricky thing. Yes, if we see a model perform horribly, we'll talk about it and that model will likely see weaker sales. But when models improve, do we notice? What if they only rate as adequate?
A new study shows the average household in 24 of America's 25 largest metropolitan areas cannot afford to pay for the average priced new car or truck.
Toyota Motor Corp said it will give its Japan-based workers their biggest pay raise in 21 years in the year starting in April.
Congress's investigation of a deadly defect in some GM cars widened, and a House committee ordered the automaker and a federal regulator to provide details on steps they took to get unsafe cars off the road.
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission voted Tuesday to ban the direct sale of automobiles in New Jersey, forcing electric-car maker Tesla to use dealers instead.
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