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.
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As reports surface, and then Ford denies, that it's searching for the person who will ultimately replace CEO Alan Mulally, one thing is clear: This story will now overshadow everything else Ford is trying to do.
Bringing back name from the past is an well worn approach in the auto industry. After all, the instant name recognition is a huge boost in a business where brand awareness and acceptance is everything. So it's not surprising the higher ups at Chrysler are replacing the woeful Dodge Caliber with a new compact car that will be called the Dodge Dart.
It is the great mystery when buying a used car or truck. How much will you spend repairing a particular car that looks great on the outside, but may not be on the inside. And more importantly, how do you know certain 2009 model is more/less reliable than a different model from 2007.
Look for solid auto sales, with Ford, Jeep, Hyundai/Kia and Tesla in the spotlight.
These predictions are bold all right. Some may even be outrageous. The financial world, however, is full of big surprises. Remember, you heard it first here.
After six weeks of discreet negotiations, Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have reached an agreement on a 4-year contract extension.
With questions swirling around the safety of the Chevy Volt following the launch of a federal investigation of battery fires in the car, the company is trying to reassure Volt owners and potential buyers. The question is whether it will have much impact.
This is the year of the truck and SUV for Black Friday sales, capping what's expected to be a big month for big vehicles.
Residents in Maranello, Italy, are complaining about the number of test drives taking place in the town.
Toyota Motor outsold Volkswagen for the fourth straight month in October to remain the world's top-selling automaker so far this year.
A car-insurance group has taken away the guesswork and ranked the worst drivers in the country.