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 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 with Custom Sport package
News & Rumors

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Adds Custom Sport Special Edition

Pays homage tribute to Custom Sport Truck from the 1960s.
| Jan 07, 2015
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2015 Mercedes Benz C300 4Matic
News & Rumors

Mercedes-Benz Relocating U.S. Headquarters to Atlanta

Most executives and staff to leave current HQ in Montvale, New Jersey.
| Jan 06, 2015
2014 Ford F 150 XLT
News & Rumors

Ford Motor Company Sales Rise 1.2 Percent in December 2014

Full-year sales down 0.5 percent compared to 2013.
| Jan 05, 2015
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Volvo Cyclist Alert concept
News & Rumors

Volvo to Demonstrate In-Car Cyclist Alert System at CES

System warms drivers of nearby cyclists.
| Dec 19, 2014
2016 Audi Q7 Bang Olufsen Speakers
News & Rumors

2016 Audi Q7 Features New 3D Sound System

Bang & Olufsen system packs 1,920 watts.
| Dec 18, 2014
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Lexus Teaser for 2015 Detroit Auto Show
2015 Detroit Auto Show

Lexus GS F Teased for 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Long-rumored performance sedan arriving in January.
| Dec 17, 2014
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
News & Rumors

Report: New Alfa Romeo Engines Include 480-HP Twin-Turbo V-6

A 2.0-liter turbo-four and a 2.2-liter turbodiesel are also in the cards.
| Dec 17, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles New Sign
News & Rumors

Chrysler Group Renamed FCA US LLC

Aligns with parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.
| Dec 16, 2014
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