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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OK, it's not as if HUMMER needs our sympathy. The folks running GM's supersized SUV line know they are fighting an uphill battle, trying to grow sales, expand the line-up, and shift HUMMER's image in the face of rising gas prices. But this is HUMMER, even if the execs there feel overmatched, they won't admit it. Nor should they.
The latest survey by R.L. Polk about how long we hold onto our cars or trucks (on avg. 9.2 years) confirms something I've heard from many of you for some time: my car is old, but I'm not getting rid of it.
In a world where it's tougher and tougher to get a car or brand to stand out, Ford's incorporation of the Mustang into NBC's new version of "Knight Rider" is a move that should pay off. Since the show Sunday night, I've heard from numerous people who watched it and loved seeing the Mustang in a starring role. It was a prime time role Ford is counting on to continue changing its image.
By now, you've probably have seen the headlines or stories about Kirk Kerkorian's advisor Jerry York giving a pessimistic view of Chrysler's future. After speaking here in Chicago, York was asked about the prospects for the struggling automaker to turn things around. York said, "Chrysler as a stand-alone company is not viable."
Yesterday, I blogged about the growing speculation in the auto industry that we may be seeing the final hurrah for muscle cars. And yes, many of you took me to task for calling pony cars, muscle cars. Anyway, I was blown away by the e-mails many of you sent to me in which you said, "NO WAY! WE'RE NOT GIVING UP ON MUSCLE CARS!" Here's a sampling.
Earlier this week, an article in the Detroit News broached the question, "Are the days of the Muscle car numbered?" It was an interesting piece that has sparked a debate among people I know in the auto industry.
When is a positive earnings surprise actually a a doozy of a loss? When it's General Motors fourth quarter earnings. Confused? You aren't alone. Let me explain. GM reported adjusted fourth quarter earnings of $46 million dollars or 8 cents a share.
The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance kicks off this weekend, with avid collectors and first-time buyers.
After Jimmy Fallon said he's thinking about buying a truck, four automakers have reached out to sell him one.
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.