Joel Arellano

"w many cupholders does it have?"

That's the question expected from my colleagues at Automotive.com. Like the rest of the Automotive.com staff, I bring my own unique take on cars. Big difference is that I rediscovered my love for all things automotive only in the past decade, instead of right out of the womb.

Instead, I pursued interests in decidedly non-car fields—like business, fiction writing, and database administration—working in such fields like admin assistant (formerly called secretaries), data entry, technical writer, and website maintenance. It was in 2005 that I reignited my love affair with the car. I was researching the all-new Pontiac G6 to replace our aging Mazda 626 when I discovered Autoblog. The site was always hungry for new car news which I happily obliged, sending 30 new articles a day to the editors. Finally, they contacted me and asked if I'd like to write for the website as a freelancer. I said yes (of course), and for the next two years faithfully submitted materials even on the weekends. My very first post covered the exotic Pagani Zonda; I also wrote about car resale values; most popular paint colors; and which one had the best/worse feng shui. A year later I wrote for Autoblog Green, covering the more environmentally-friendly side of the car industry, from biodegradable car seats to hybrids and full-electric cars.

In 2006, I joined Automotive.com, first as an assistant web producer, then lead writer for three (now defunct) blogs: The Car Blog, The BMW Blog, and The Ford Blog. I provided the content for Automotive.com's own blog when it went live later that year, first as lead writer, then editor, managing a team composed of freelancers and other assistant web producers. Later, I contributed posts to the Motor Trend and Automobile Magazine websites. In mid-2011, I joined the Automotive.com team currently shepherd by News Director Keith Buglewicz.

This background, with its emphasis on a wide variety of car news, reflects in my coverage and interest. I can—and am willing—to discuss engine power and handling on such enthusiast topics like Mercedes-Benz's latest AMG supercar, but I'd also happily coo over the Toyota Sienna's storage space, or residual values from Chevrolet, or Porsche's latest compact crossover. When not covering cars, I enjoy reading, working out, playing tabletop role-playing games with friends, and planning my next overseas vacation. Australia's looking mighty fine at the moment.

Articles by Joel Arellano