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.
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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.
Go Ahead, admit it. At some point in the last year, you've seen a car, truck, or SUV that has caught your eye. Maybe you were just smitten. Maybe it was full love. But at some point, something made you stop and say, "I want that!" So what was it?
As we reported this morning, Chrysler executives are discussing a plan that would call for the struggling automaker to aggressively shrink its product and dealer line-up in a move to get the company back in the black.
A couple of items from the Chicago Auto Show that may not be getting the attention they deserve. Intellichoice has released its best overall value awards and, not surprisingly, Toyota's Prius is the best overall car under $24,000.
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Uber will set a price cap in New York City amid the blizzard.
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