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 Volvo XC90
News & Rumors

Report: Next Volvo S80 Will Use XC90 Interior

Crossover's new design direction will inspire next-gen S80 sedan.
| Jun 30, 2014
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2007 Pontiac Solstice Front Three Quarter
News & Rumors

GM Recall Crash Victims' Compensation Fund Announced

Kenneth Feinberg outlines funds for those hurt by ignition-switch defect.
| Jun 30, 2014
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2014 Toyota Prius
News & Rumors

Report: 2016 Toyota Prius Delayed 6 Months To December 2015

Continued development will push back production date.
| Jun 30, 2014
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2014 Chevrolet Silverado LT
News & Rumors

2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze, 2015 Silverado Recalled

Total of 428,211 GM cars affected by newest recalls.
| Jun 30, 2014
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GM Ignition Assembly Recall Chevrolet Cobalt Installation
News & Rumors

Senator Proposes $3 Fee Per Car To Fund NHTSA

Hopes to increase recall oversight, prevent safety issues.
| Jun 27, 2014
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Aston Martin DP 100 Vision Gran Turismo Concept
News & Rumors

Aston Martin DP-100 Comes to Gran Turismo

Latest in long line of PlayStation-only sports car concepts.
| Jun 27, 2014
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Jeep Custom Hood Decal Topographical Map
News & Rumors

Mopar Launches Jeep Map Hood Decals

Put your favorite trail's topographical plan on your Jeep's hood.
| Jun 26, 2014
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2015 Ford Transit 15 Passenger 5 Row Airbag
News & Rumors

2015 Ford Transit Offers Five-Row Side Airbag

Ford's largest-ever automotive airbag.
| Jun 26, 2014
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Detroit Electric SP 01 Prototype
News & Rumors

Detroit Electric Sports Car to be Built In U.K.

Company headquarters in Michigan, but factory overseas.
| Jun 26, 2014
Power Wheels 2015 Ford F 150
News & Rumors

Fisher-Price Launches Electric 2015 Ford F-150

Just for kids, and not made from aluminum.
| Jun 25, 2014
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Ken Block Hoonigan Racing Tour Video
News & Rumors

Tour the Hoonigan Racing Headquarters With Ken Block

Internet video star lets us visit his garage.
| Jun 24, 2014
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Next Gen Chevrolet Cruze Chinese Spec
News & Rumors

Chinese-Market Chevrolet Cruze Interior Revealed

Car may give mild clues about design of next U.S. Cruze.
| Jun 24, 2014
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2015 Ford Focus ST Video Teaser
News & Rumors

2015 Ford Focus ST Refresh Teased

Hot hatch due for upgrades at Goodwood.
| Jun 23, 2014
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