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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

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News & Rumors

Lincoln Appoints Kumar Galhotra As Brand President

Formerly Ford vice president of engineering.
| Jul 22, 2014
2015 Hyundai Tucson
News & Rumors

2015 Hyundai Tucson Priced From $22,375

Minor changes for the Tucson crossover.
| Jul 22, 2014
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Prefix Medusa Roadster
News & Rumors

Prototyping Company Builds "Medusa" SRT Viper Convertible

Unavailable from the factory, so Prefix built conversions.
| Jul 22, 2014
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Mary Barra
News & Rumors

Senators Introduce Bill to Fine Auto Executives Over Recalls

"Hide No Harm" bill would punish concealing safety issues.
| Jul 17, 2014
2016 Mazda 2
News & Rumors

2016 Mazda 2 Revealed as Production Starts in Japan

New compact hatch comes to U.S. next year.
| Jul 17, 2014
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2014 honda CR V
News & Rumors

Crossovers Now Most Popular Vehicle Type In U.S.

Crossovers and SUVs outpace sedans for the first time.
| Jul 16, 2014
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2014 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Dualie
News & Rumors

2015 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 Adopt SAE J2807 Ratings

Towing figures stay the same or improve with new standard.
| Jul 16, 2014
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2014 Acura MDX June Update
Long-Term Tests

2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD - Mixed Feelings and Service

Our feelings remain mixed on the Acura MDX.
| Jul 11, 2014
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2015 BMW M3
News & Rumors

2015 BMW M3 Makes 379 HP At Rear Wheels On Dyno

Much fatter torque curve than outgoing M3's V-8.
| Jul 11, 2014
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News & Rumors

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Donates $1 Million to Science Museum

Also gives Supercharger to Shoreham, New York center.
| Jul 11, 2014
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat At Dragstrip
News & Rumors

2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Runs 11.2-Second Quarter-Mile

707-hp beast clocks 10.8 seconds on drag radials.
| Jul 11, 2014
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Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen
News & Rumors

Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen Resigns, Goes to Cadillac

Luxury marque boss headed to Cadillac.
| Jul 11, 2014
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News & Rumors

UAW Establishes Union At Volkswagen Plant

Chattanooga, TN, plant to be represented by Local 42.
| Jul 11, 2014
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2014 Bentley Mulsanne 95
News & Rumors

Report: Bentley Could Restart Coachbuilding Operations

Company could put custom bodies atop regular chassis.
| Jul 10, 2014
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