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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Consumer Reports is not recommending the high-end extended range electric Fisker Karma. In fact, the auto division of Consumer Reports says the Karma is full of flaws including a "badly-designed touch-screen system makes the dash controls an ergonomic disaster." The Karma score of 57 out of a possible 100 makes it among the poorest performing vehicles of the 311 reviewed by Consumer Reports.
Ford in the U.S. continues to grow profits and profit margins with a steady cadence of new and re-designed models. That will be the focus this fall even as reporters pepper Mulally with questions about his succession plans.
It was classic American political theater in Ohio. President Obama, campaigning hard to win votes in a state where one out of every eight jobs is connected in some fashion to the auto industry, chose today to announce the U.S. has filed a trade case with the World Trade Organization against China.
The big challenge at Ford remains the mounting losses in Europe. They're already more than $500 million this year and could eventually reach $1.5 billion this year.
After three years filled with recalls, limited supply, and a much needed redesign, the Toyota Camry has become the top selling vehicle in the U.S. Experian Automotive analyzed new vehicle registrations during the first half of this year and found 209,000 new Toyota Camry's in the U.S. compared to 202,000 Ford F-150 pick-up trucks. A year ago, Experian listed the F-150 as number one ahead of the Camry.
General Motors is investing $5 billion in a new family of vehicles targeting many of the world's fastest-growing emerging auto markets.
Cybersecurity researchers and Wired magazine last week showed that hackers could access the on-board computer of a Jeep Cherokee.
Fiat Chrysler's record fine will not break the automaker. Nor is it likely to hurt sales, according to one market analyst.
Is Apple gearing up to give Tesla a run for its money?