Joel Arellano

LA Auto Show 2015

2015 Los Angeles Auto Show: Thrilling Rides by Joel Arellano   EVENT: LA Auto Show 2015 Media Days WHEN: November 18 – 19, 2015 WHAT: Cars are fun! That seemed to be this year’s theme at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. While there was plenty of future tech showing during the Connected Car Expo earlier that week, many of the car debuts during press days showcased vehicles that embodied t...[Read More]

Mazda MX-5

  2014 Motor Press Guild Mixer with 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata  by Joel Arellano Event: Mazda ’80s “MX-er” When: October 30, 2014 What: Mazda unveiled the all-new MX-5 Miata in early September. Since then, the automaker has been showing off the roadster in various venues throughout the world. Members of the CA-based Motor Press Guild and their guests had a close-up look at the iconic sports ...[Read More]

Scion TC FRS Targa

  Event: 2015 Scion SEMA Preview Night – by Joel Arellano When: October 29, 2014 What:  Scion is the brand if you want to stand out whether on the road or just parked in the driveway. From the diminutive iQ, the boxy XB to the head-turning FR-S, each Scion makes a statement. And these are just the stock models! At this year’s Scion SEMA Preview Night, tuners took Scion to new heights in...[Read More]

2014 OC Auto Show

Detroit Auto Show 2015 by Joel Arellano EVENT: Detroit Auto Show 2015 Media Days WHEN: January 11 – 13, 2015 WHAT: Why This Ride (WTR) started the new year off with a bang by covering the 2015 North American International Auto Show aka Detroit Auto Show. WTR founder / editor MaryAnne Wendt, transportation journalist Arison Knapp and yours truly attended as part of General Motors’ “Influencer...[Read More]

Hyundai Connects to Apple, Google in 2015 Sonata

Hyundai Connects to Apple, Google in 2015 Sonata -by Joel Arellano New models and car concepts were not the only noteworthy items on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the last major car show in 2014. Hyundai demoed to the press CarPlay and Android Auto by Google. Both systems allow users to sync their smartphones to Hyundai’s own Blue Link infotainment and access various functions. Curre...[Read More]

2014 #LAAutoShow: Joel’s Top Five Rides

2014 #LAAutoShow: Joel’s Top Five Rides by Joel Arellano The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show may be coming to a close, but the various vehicles that made their debut will continue into the future. All-new and refreshed models will soon roll out at the dealerships while elements from concepts will show up in future production cars. For my first top picks list here at Why This Ride, I decided on fi...[Read More]

MPG Reimagined Track Days 2014 With Speakers, Sponsors and Speed

MPG Reimagined Track Days 2014 With Speakers, Sponsors and Speed by Joel Arellano EVENT: 2014 Motor Press Guild Track Days WHEN: October 14th -15th WHAT: Joel’s report of the 2014 Motor Press Guild’s Track Days Event The Motor Press Guild wasn’t kidding when it announced that its famed Track Days Event had been redone this year. As stated on the site: MPG Track Days has been re-i...[Read More]

Motor Press Guild Track Days 2014 Car Comparison

Motor Press Guild Track Days 2014 Car Comparison by Joel Arellano In the very first blog post here at Why This Ride, we stated our purpose, plain and simple: “With a life-long passion for cars, the Why This Ride team’s mission is to understand why people buy the cars they do.” That was part of my mindset during the first day at the Motor Press Guild Track Days event. What made a particular car att...[Read More]