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

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.


  • 2010 Prius

    If the Plug-in Prius charges up the market, the winner could not only be Toyota, but an EV category about to grow bigger.

  • The 2012 BMW X5

    In a year where gas prices have surged and the economy has stalled, BMW is quietly enjoying a strong year in SUV sales.

  • You got to love it when Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne walks an auto show. In a world of auto execs often giving bland answers that provide little insight into what's happening in the auto industry and the global economy as a whole, Marchionne is a breath of fresh air.

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

    Nobody said it would be easy getting to No. 1. Volkswagen is finding that out first hand as its alliance with Suzuki implodes amid finger pointing and allegations between the two auto makers

  • SAAB

    With a court in Sweden denying Saab a lifeline as it tries a "voluntary reorganization", the struggling automaker continues to wither away. If you are a Saab fan, dealer, or owner in the U.S. watching the automaker slide closer and closer to irrelevance is troubling.

  • Engineers monitoring car in emission chamber

    There's still a quaint notion around much of America that the only thing that matters in the auto industry revolves around Detroit and the US.

  • Chrysler grille

    For the third time in the last four months, Chrysler outsold Toyota in the US. It's an interesting statistic that may or may not mean much given your perspective. Personally, I think it's an indication the Chrysler and its dealers are continuing to build momentum after being left for dead by the previous owners.

  • Ford's Pipas Talks Car Sales

    George Pipas, Ford Motor chief sales analyst, discusses his outlook on future Ford car sales, with CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Zipcar and Ford

    Ford and Zipcar are going back to school. Both companies are hoping their new partnership elevates their exposure to college age drivers, a segment of the population that is often overlooked and ripe with potential.

  • Hyundai's Veloster

    As new cars go, the Hyundai Veloster is no Sonata or Elantra. That's fine, Hyundai's not looking for any mass market sedan.

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