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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Yes, the game was incredible. So good, you could argue that, for once, the Super Bowl commercials took a back seat to the game. But for two automakers, Audi and Hyundai, the big game was big chance to show off two big models. Audi's spot for the new R8 ran early in game and played off the famous scene in "The Godfather"...
We knew January auto sales would be lackluster. We knew that auto dealers weren't terribly confident about the consumer. The numbers today have lived up to our low expectations.
Got a lead foot? Well here's something that will make you slow down: Speed Cameras. Yes, the cameras we will see at an increasing number of intersections around the country that will catch us ripping through areas 10, 15, 20 miles over the speed limit. Seems this is one picture we'd all rather not be in.
This afternoon, a new survey of car buyers is hammering home a point I've heard about, and blogged about, many times in the past: When gas prices hit a certain level people will turn away from big trucks and SUV's and migrate into hybrids and smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles.
Since writing my blog earlier today about whether or not you would be willing to pay extra ($1,500-$6,000) for a car that could guarantee returning an average of 35 mpg, I've been surprised both at the number of answers I've received, and what many of you are saying.
There's a bit of a debate brewing in Detroit, and frankly with all of the automakers around the world. The question is: How much more will car/truck/SUV buyers pay to buy a model that delivers 35 MPG? Or for that matter, to buy a ride that will meet the new fuel economy standards?
In asking you last week if now is a good time to buy a new car or truck, I was struck by how many people said, "Now, is not the time, but this spring it will be. That's when the auto companies roll out big discounts as sales slow down." Seems we've all become conditioned to expect spring sales.
It was a simple question that stirred quite a bit of reaction and e-mails. On Wednesday, I asked you if you think now is a good time to buy a new car, truck, or SUV, and not surprisingly, you are split on whether to take the plunge.
On the Ford 4th quarter earnings conference call, CEO Alan Mulally confirmed what we expected (more buyouts for Ford's hourly workers) and made it clear, this may not be the end of the cuts.
As I stand outside. Ford headquarters on a brutally cold day, I'm toying with how to make a play on words about Ford's 4Q earnings might be warming the hearts and portfolio's of it's investors.
A 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish signed by more than 50 famous basketball players, including Michael Jordan, is up for auction.
The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in April though the rate of growth was slightly lower than expected as inventories fell.
GM,expected to break with the past with its new CEO, could find itself bogged down its past mistakes, Financial Times reports.
Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter, outpacing GM and Volkswagen.
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