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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The news this morning of Ford selling it's Aston Martin luxury auto line brings to the end a 20 year run where Ford tried to make a high-end niche brand work for the world's third largest automaker. While Aston Martin has been a profitable operation, it has never been a good fit- for either Ford or Aston Martin.
When I walked in with other reporters here at the Geneva Auto Show to talk on the record with Dieter Zetsche, I expected few details on the potential sale of Chrysler. Dr. Z. Did not disappoint. He won't say if there is a timeline for wrapping up the auction process or reveal any of the parties doing serious work studying Chrysler.
The latest consumer reports auto reliability survey is out, and the news is not good for Mercedes. The German made premium brand ranked dead last among 36 automakers. That was not a typo. Mercedes finished at the bottom of the latest survey on reliability. Consumer Reports compiled the results after surveying more than a million car owners and asking them to rate their cars/trucks and suv's.
Two weeks after DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche said all options are on the table for a possible sale of the Chrysler Group, speculation about potential buyers is increasingly focused on private equity investors. Sources tell CNBC the two private equity firms showing the most interest so far are Blackstone and Cerberus Capital.
Ever since I've started this blog, I've heard from a number of readers who think I'm biased in favor of Toyota. Well, if you are one of those people, you are not going to like today's post. Later today, Toyota will announce plans to build it's 8th North American final assembly plant. It will be located just outside Tupelo, Mississippi and should open in early 2010.
As DaimlerChrysler begins to move forward with the possible sale of it's Chrysler division , two things are clear. First, there are a number of options for selling off the American automaker. Second, the leaks out of Europe continue to push GM as the most likely buyer.
If you are in the market for a new car or truck, your may have been wondering why the sticker's on the windows show MPG estimates that are not overwhelming. In fact, they are lower than the previous estimates. It's the change brought on by the EPA's new system for estimating mileage...
Safety experts in the UK are questioning whether the Apple Watch will be as much of a driver distraction as cellphones, NBC News reports.
Peter Thiel also acknowledges that he "missed the boat" in investing in Uber.
Tesla shares are down since the market's recent high, and one investment pro thinks it's a great time to buy. Here's why.
Stephen Hung, a luxury hotel entrepreneur, ordered 30 Rolls-Royces—the largest single order ever of Rolls-Royces, according to the company.
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