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Jake Holmes

Jake Holmes

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Jake Holmes
It was clear from an early age that I had an affinity for cars. As a child I would spend hours arranging toy cars in elaborate races on the living room floor, and once spent time on a vacation in France reading the owner's manual to my parents' Ford Mondeo. The first auto show I attended was in Birmingham; after moving to Michigan I began attending the Detroit auto show almost every year. I couldn't wait to take driver's ed., get my driver's license at age 16, and tirelessly polish my slightly rusty first car.

By the time I entered the University of Michigan, I had decided I wanted to pursue journalism and began writing for the student paper. But I also had an internship at Car and Driver, and quickly realized that cars were the only thing I was truly interested in reporting on. After all, countless teachers and professors had passed on the wisdom that you should, "Write what you know." I pursued that interest after graduation and managed to land a job at Automobile Magazine, just down the street from where I'd studied for the prior four years.

Fast forward to today, and I've been fortunate enough to attend auto shows on three different continents. I've learned to drive sports cars like a Fiat 500 Abarth on a race track, and spent a week eking mileage out of a Nissan Leaf electric car.

Although I love driving new cars, one of my favorite parts of this job is having the opportunity to meet the people responsible for those cars. Whether it's the executives speaking at launches or engineers revealing tech secrets at auto shows, I love being able to get a feel for how things work behind the scenes.

The most surprising part about this job is that I've become the de facto go-to for friends or family members who have questions or want advice about cars. Surprisingly enough, not everybody I talk to wants to buy a two-seat sports car.

articles by Jake Holmes

2015 Hyundai Genesis by ARK Performance
News & Rumors

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Tuned to 550 HP for SEMA

ARK Performance amps up the 5.0-liter V-8.
| Sep 30, 2014
Kia Optima T Hybrid Concept Front Three Quarter
2014 Paris Motor Show

Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept Debuts in Paris

Car previews diesel mild-hybrid powertrain.
| Sep 29, 2014
2015 Volvo V60 T5 Highway MPG
Long-Term Tests

2015 Volvo V60 T5 - Highway MPG

Measuring the new Drive-E engine's efficiency on long trips.
| Sep 25, 2014
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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
News & Rumors

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Crowned Motor Trend 2014 Best Driver's Car

"How hard you smile is directly correlated to how hard you're driving."
| Sep 25, 2014
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2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A
2014 Paris Motor Show

2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A Bows In Paris

Topless version of the high-performance 458.
| Sep 25, 2014
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2015 Audi S3 LTD Ed Rear Three Quarter View
News & Rumors

2015 Audi S3 Has 350-Car Limited Edition

Unique trim for high-performance sedan.
| Sep 25, 2014
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2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Front Three Quarter View In Motion 4
Road Tests

2015 Porsche Cayenne S, Turbo Review

Still luxurious, still sporty, still an SUV.
| Sep 25, 2014
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2016 Mercedes AMG GT Edition 1 Prototype
News & Rumors

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Edition 1 Spied in Europe

Matte paint, fixed wing for limited-run sports car.
| Sep 24, 2014
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2013 Lotus Evora S
News & Rumors

Lotus Evora Returning to U.S. for 2016 Model Year

British sports car being reengineered to meet crash tests.
| Sep 24, 2014
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2015 Saleen 302 Mustang
News & Rumors

2015 Saleen 302 Mustang Offers Up To 640 HP

Standard "White Label" 2015 Ford Mustang has 450 hp.
| Sep 23, 2014
2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic
News & Rumors

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Adds Classic Model

Starts at $21,015 for hatchback, $26,815 for convertible.
| Sep 23, 2014
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2015 Honda CR V
News & Rumors

2015 Honda CR-V Facelift Revealed

No more details on updated crossover.
| Sep 22, 2014
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2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata Live Reveal
News & Rumors

Report: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base Engine Has 130 HP

1.5-liter Skyactiv mill slated for ND Miata.
| Sep 15, 2014
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2015 GMC Sierra Carbon Edition
News & Rumors

2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Adds Carbon Edition Trim Package

Truck wears faux carbon fiber.
| Sep 12, 2014
2015 Kia Sedona
News & Rumors

2015 Kia Sedona Pricing, Fuel Economy Announced

Starts at $26,795, achieves up to 25 mpg.
| Sep 11, 2014
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Hyundai Equus Prototype Spy Photos
News & Rumors

Next Hyundai Equus Spied

New luxury sedan due in 2016 or 2017.
| Sep 11, 2014
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ferrari-president-luca-di-montezemolo-and-f12-berlinetta
News & Rumors

Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo Resigns

Sergio Marchionne becomes head of Ferrari.
| Sep 10, 2014
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