Phil 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" and "Failure to Recall: Investigating GM."
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.
Follow Phil LeBeau on Twitter @Lebeaucarnews.
So who do you blame for high gas prices? According to the latest survey from Consumer Reports, the fault lies with the federal government for not having a national energy policy. This is not a Republican complaint or a Democrat complaint, it's a government complaint.
Let me be clear about what a mis-guided and bad idea this would be. As a friend of mine said when I brought this up, "Two wrongs do not make a right." Right now, these guys are going in the wrong direction for similar reasons and there's little reason to believe a marriage would make things right.
Over the last three weeks, I have heard the same thing over and over, often from those who think I'm partial to Toyota. It goes something like this: "You never say when things go wrong for Toyota." Well, for all of you, Toyota Phil has a news flash: Toyota says it will be falling short of its sales goal for the U.S.
For those who are on a death watch for GM and Ford, the words of CNBC's and Street.com's Jim Cramer are the kind of affirmation they've been looking for.
With Standard and Poor's putting GM, Ford, and Chrysler (and their respective finance companies) on credit watch with negative implications, the big issue is not just the deteriorating auto market, it's the potential liquidity crisis looming for these firms.
What was shaping up to be a tough summer for GM has rapidly worsened and become a major gut-check for GM, its investors, and fans of the American automaker. Which brings up the most frequently asked question I get from readers and viewers: can GM successfully shift gears from trucks to cars?
Over the last two days General Motors has found itself dancing around the potentially delicate question of whether to run an ad this summer that might tick off oil companies. GM execs outlined an ad in Washington that has been described as a "dear john" letter to big oil.
Over the last two weeks I've been inundated with e-mails from readers venting about the latest round of cutbacks Detroit's automakers have announced. What's surprised me the most has been the wide range of reasons why you think the Big 3 are in big trouble.
If you've read this blog for long, you know how I feel about hydrogen fuel cell cars. Great potential. Limited real world possibilities right now. That said, this morning Honda gave us a glimpse into hydrogen's promise.
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