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 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
Mazda MX 5 Miata Coupe Rendering
News & Rumors

Should Mazda Build an MX-5 Miata Coupe?

It could look like this sleek rendering.
| Sep 09, 2014
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2016 Jaguar XE S
News & Rumors

2016 Jaguar XE Revealed in London

Aluminum 3 Series rival fully revealed.
| Sep 08, 2014
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Cadillac V2V Warning Messages
News & Rumors

Cadillac to Introduce "Super Cruise" Self-Driving Feature by 2017

2017 CTS also gets vehicle-to-vehicle communication tech.
| Sep 08, 2014
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Aston Martin Lagonda Desert Testing Oman
News & Rumors

Aston Martin Lagonda Officially Shown in Oman

High-end luxury sedan currently testing in Middle East.
| Sep 08, 2014
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Fiat 500X teaser video
News & Rumors

Fiat 500X Teased on Video Ahead of Paris Debut

Jeep Renegade-based small crossover due in U.S. next year.
| Sep 05, 2014
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2014 Ford Escape
News & Rumors

Ford August 2014 Sales Rise 0.4 Percent as Fusion, Escape Gain

F-Series truck, Lincoln brand sales decline slightly.
| Sep 03, 2014
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2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition
News & Rumors

2015 Jeep Lineup Updated

Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Wrangler all tweaked.
| Sep 02, 2014
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andy-palmer-with-nissan-resonance-concept-1
News & Rumors

Former Nissan Executive Andy Palmer Appointed CEO of Aston Martin

Follows departure of Infiniti president de Nysschen.
| Sep 02, 2014
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta courtesy of Bonhams
Car Lists

Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Ever Sold at Auction

These 10 make a $1.4 million LaFerrari look like chump change.
| Sep 01, 2014
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