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

Ferrari FXX K
News & Rumors

Ferrari FXX K Debuts in Abu Dhabi with 1035 HP

The track-only version of the LaFerrari.
| Dec 03, 2014
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GM Ignition Assembly Recall Chevrolet Cobalt Installation 3
News & Rumors

NHTSA: One Million GM Ignition Switch Cars Still Need Repairs

About 60 percent of recalled cars fixed so far.
| Dec 02, 2014
BMW 3 Series Plug in hybrid prototype
News & Rumors

BMW to Offer Plug-in Hybrid Versions of All Future Models

Will show 3 Series plug-in hybrid concept.
| Dec 01, 2014
2015 Volkswagen Golf R Front Three Quarter In Motion 3
Road Tests

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Review

Yes, you can improve on a GTI.
| Dec 01, 2014
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Audi Ulrich Hackenberg And Marc Lichte
News & Rumors

Ulrich Hackenberg Predicts Button-Free Audi Interiors

Electric turbos, autonomous cars also on the way.
| Nov 25, 2014
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2015 Honda Civic Si Sedan Front Grille
News & Rumors

Honda Admits Failing to Report Safety Issues to NHTSA

Didn't fully comply with TREAD Act.
| Nov 25, 2014
2015 Subaru Impreza
News & Rumors

2015 Subaru Impreza Becomes IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Addition of EyeSight system improves safety rating.
| Nov 24, 2014
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2015 Ford F 150
News & Rumors

2015 Ford F-150 Achieves Up to 26 MPG Highway

Aluminum construction, new engines boost economy.
| Nov 21, 2014
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Mr De Nysschen
News & Rumors

Report: Cadillac Could Sell $250K Car Within 15 Years

Upcoming CT6 to start around $70K.
| Nov 21, 2014
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