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Phil LeBeau

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," which won a 2014 Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Award.

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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  • High-end cars are in high demand. In fact, ultra-luxury auto sales are off to a roaring start in 2013 as wealthy car buyers snatch up Bentleys, Lamborghinis and other pricey models at a rate far greater than the industry sales pace.

  • Lamborghini's $4M 'Veneno' Tops Ultra-Luxury Car List

    Auto sales in the U.S. are at the highest levels since 2007 and it's the ultra-luxury brands likes Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Bentley, and Lamborghini that are seeing the biggest demand, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau, live outside CNBC headquarters. (4:31)

  • American car buyers, attracted by new models and cheap financing, are taking out bigger auto loans and stretching out the terms of those loans to a new record length.

  • Mercedes Debuts Makeover Models at Geneva Show

    Dieter Zetsche, Daimler chairman, introduces the automaker's newest models, including the debut of the AMG A-45 and a new CLA class, priced under $30,000. Will the effort to attract new customers and turnaround the company work? CNBC's Phil LeBeau asks the man in charge about his three-year contract and plans for the company.

  • Buffett Ruffles the Feathers of Some Airlines

    "It has all the ingredients of a bad business," said Warren Buffett this morning about the airline sector. CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports on the reaction he got on Twitter.

  • Houses & Cars: 2 Key Drivers of the American Economy

    Insight on extremely low home inventories, despite historical spring time booms and news that February auto sales are north of 15 million vehicles.

  • The American auto industry posted steady sales gains for the month of February, as executives reiterated their belief the industry sales pace this year will wind up in a range of 15.3 to 15.5 million vehicles.

  • Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO , Chrysler Group LLC.

    Nearly four years after taking over Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne is ready to take the Detroit automaker to the next level.

  • Chrysler Investing In America

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau speaks to Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler CEO about the company's expansion of transmission production in America, the U.S. economy and whether an IPO is in the works.

  • Chrysler, scrambling to keep up with greater demand for its Jeep Grand Cherokee, is hiring 1,250 workers and increasing production of 8 and 9 speed transmissions.

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