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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President's Day was a busy day for Fiat dealer John Bergstrom in Milwaukee. Busier than he expected. "If we had 30 Fiat 500's here at the dealership, we'd deliver all of them within the next two days," Bergstrom told me. Not a bad way to kick off sales of a new model.
At some point, and for some of us it's more often than we like, we get fed up with the guy driving in front of us who cut us off, goes too slow, or simply drives like an idiot. Now there's an app that allows you to truly let your feelings known.
Remember back in 2005 and 2006 when Mercedes was making plans to bring the smart car to the U.S.? The car was a hit in Europe and it became fashionable for people to say, "Why don't they bring that car over to the U.S.? there are tons of people who want a compact car like that."
Two years after seeing their company slide into bankruptcy, GM hourly workers will get the biggest bonus the company has ever paid out to its line workers. While the final payout will be announced later this month when GM reports fourth quarter earnings, but the bonuses will be at least $4,000 per worker.
New smartphone apps are making trucking more convenient and profitable, but serious safety concerns remain an issue.
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.