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Phil LeBeau

CNBC Auto and Airline Industry Reporter

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.

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  • Toyota's Tundra Picking Up Steam Monday, 4 Jun 2007 | 10:44 AM ET

    It's hard to say any one month is a "coming of age" for a new or redesigned vehicle, but May could be the watershed month Toyota has been waiting for in it's push to grab more market share in pick-up trucks. Last month, Tundra sales increased 112%. You read that right, 112%. Which means Toyota more than doubled sales of it's star truck year over year. More importantly, Tundra sales eclipsed the pace the company needs to hit if it will be successful..

  • Big Three Closing the Gap Thursday, 31 May 2007 | 11:18 AM ET

    If you're among those who think the Detroit "Big Three" are a lost cause that, despite improving quality and efficiency, are simply in a long, slow slide that shows no sign of ending, listen up. The latest study on the efficiency from Harbour Consulting shows the Big Three are closing the gap with Asian competitors. Want more?

  • Ford Selling Volvo? BMW Interested Tuesday, 29 May 2007 | 11:06 AM ET

    Here's one to get the auto world buzzing. There are reports out of Europe that Ford is considering selling its Volvo brand to BMW. This could be an intriguing deal for both companies. But would it make sense? I'm not so sure.From Ford's perspective, Volvo is the best selling and most valuable brand in Ford's Premier Auto Group (Jaguar and Land Rover are the other brands) and has long been considered the asset "most likely to be sold." In fact, the Ford board has reportedly kicked around the idea of selling Volvo for some time.

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