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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After reporting the growth in auto loans to borrowers who do not have prime credit scores, I heard from a number of people who think this is bad news. Essentially, their concern is that auto dealers writing more loans for those with non-prime (below 680) credit scores shows the auto industry is going too far to close sales.
The price at the pump may be falling, but interest in buying a fuel-efficient model remains high. In fact, the latest survey on consumer attitudes shows saving money on gas is the top factor impacting what model car buyers are looking for.
There are thousands of antique American cars still on the road in Cuba, but car collectors aren't likely to buy them.
Despite Ford's strong auto sales in July, the stock will not move because of the company's international markets, CNBC's Jim Cramer said on Monday.
U.S. auto sales were stronger than expected in July and kept the industry on a pace for its best year in a decade, driven by SUVs and pickup trucks.
Chrysler said it is recalling about 322,000 Dodge Charger sedans in North America because side air bags can deploy when a car door is slammed.