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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Forget about L.A. being tinsel town, and style capital. At this year's Los Angeles Auto Show the automakers are trying to wrap themselves in the "Green Leaf" of fuel efficiency. Ford announced a new sustainability plan that will include developing direct injection gas engines, lighter cars, and more hybrids.
As I'm getting my first peak at the Los Angeles Auto Show, there's some good news for a couple of struggling automakers. Ford CEO Alan Mulally had dinner with a handful of reporters Tuesday and shot down the suggestion Ford will need to partner up with another automaker or private equity firm. In fact, he says Ford is in "terrific" shape for growing the business globally.
As I fly into the Los Angeles Auto Show, I'm wondering if this year's show and the slew of "green" models being rolled out will matter to people. Don't get me wrong, I think there is a growing appetite among buyers for hybrids and fuel cell cars. But the new models being introduced don't stand out.
I admit it, this is not what I expected when I landed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I didn't expect to travel halfway around the world to see first hand that the automaker in my back yard is highly regarded. Last night, I went to the GM Style showcase here in Dubai where stars and cars share the runway.
So there I am driving to the Northwestern/Iowa football game last Saturday when my friend Bruce says, "Hey, what do you think of the Buick Enclave? I think it's pretty sharp." Well Bruce, you are not alone. The latest stats from J.D. Power's Power Information Network shows the Buick Enclave was the fastest selling vehicle in the U.S. last month.
GM's record loss of $39 billion is a stunner that has investors once again questioning whether the country's largest automaker is any closer to consistently turning a profit. For what it's worth, I think GM will get there, and I'll explain why in a bit.
I'm not a car geek, but I have to admit, there are certain models that immediately make me smile. Ford's Bullitt Mustang is one-mainly because I still say the chase scenes in Steve McQueen's movie "Bullitt" are among the best I've ever seen ("The French Connection" is another favorite).
"Bullitt" was a hit cop drama movie in 1968, with two super stars in the cast: Steve McQueen and a hotter than hot Ford Mustang featured in what was then one of the most exciting cars chases ever filmed (by the way, the car McQueen was chasing was a Dodge Charger)
I know the debate over how long until we see Hydrogen powered vehicles can be a heated one, but I have to admit I'm a little surprised at some of the e-mails sent to me about my blog yesterday. In a nutshell I told you I believe the hype surrounding the potential of hydrogen powered vehicles is overshadowing the reality that these clean burning rides won't be out on the street for a long, long time.
Global carmarkers will pull out all the stops at the Beijing auto show as they battle to win over Chinese buyers in the fiercely competitive market.
A US judge rejected a bid to compel GM to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches.
The recovery in the EU's car industry carried on through March, providing some much needed cheer for automakers.
A look at some of the freshest, coolest cars debuting at the New York International Auto Show.
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