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.


  • green_car_200.jpg

    Back in 2008 when gas prices spiked above $4 a gallon, the demand for hybrids was so great dealers charged more than the MSRP for some models and had waiting lists of buyers more than willing to pay up for a gas-electric car. Compare that with the way people are looking at hybrids right now.

  • Natural Gas

    Blame it on the lack of infrastructure. There are so few nat gas pumps open to the public across the United States, auto executives fear the public’s desire to buy a nat gas powered vehicles will be limited at best. After all, why would some people buy a CNG car/truck if there are only a handful of places nearby to re-fuel that vehicle.

  • RBC offers a full line of airframe control ball and roller anti-friction bearings to the aerospace industry.

    The RBC plant has nearly 200 workers building and supplying ball bearings to plane makers around the world. Bearings are critical parts in airplanes and their engines. From the flaps on a wing going up or down, to the landing gear moving into place there are scores of bearings in every plane.

  • Toyota U.S. President on March Sales

    Toyota released its March sales numbers at an increase of 15.4 percent, below the estimated 21 percent increase. CNBC's Phil LeBeau and Jim Lentz, Toyota's U.S. president/CEO, discuss Toyota increasing U.S. RAV4 production and March sales.

  • 2011 Chevy Cruze

    Where there's smoke, you usually find fire. For some owners of Jeep Wrangler and Chevy Cruze models the fire is in the engine. It's a scary scenario and one that has happened enough times to prompt the Federal government to investigate what's causing the fires.

  • 2012 Volkswagen Passat

    After years of fumbling to find its way in the U.S., Volkswagen has hit its stride and is ramping up production to keep pace.

  • Edmunds.com

    CNBC  worked with Edmunds.com to crunch the latest data on transaction prices and incentives. The results show which models in each category are selling with the smallest discount.

  • shanghai-traffic-200.jpg

    The latest price paid in the auction of license plates in Shanghai was 58,625 RMB or $9,380.

  • Car dealership

    You knew it was only a matter of time until we saw the rotation into small cars put the squeeze on buyers.

  • auto_worker_female_200.jpg

    Big 3 executives will be careful to publicly play down expansion talk, but make no mistake, they see the need coming much faster than anyone expected.

Contact Autos


    Get the best of CNBC in your inbox

    Please choose a subscription

    Please enter a valid email address
    Get these newsletters delivered to your inbox, and more info about about our products and service. Privacy Policy.