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Joseph Capparella

Joseph Capparella

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Joseph Capparella
My worst automotive confession: I learned to drive in a Prius. Instead of failed burnouts and stoplight drag races, my first encounters with the joy of driving consisted of hypermiling in EV mode and maximizing regenerative braking. So how can I possibly call myself an automotive enthusiast, and how did I end up at Automobile?

No one really knows where my fascination with cars came from, but it was there long before I started driving. My mom loves to recount the tale of a 3-year-old me, swinging on the swing set at daycare. When I reached the summit of the swing’s arc and could barely see over the fence onto the street beyond, I would scream out the name of whatever car was passing by at the time. “Mitsubishi Eclipse!…Toyota Tercel!”

Growing up in Nashville, TN, I voraciously read Car & Driver, Motor Trend, and Automobile Magazine. But coming from a family where cars served as simple A-to-B transportation, driving any of the cars in those magazines seemed unattainable. Even piloting our Prius was exotic to me compared to the Corolla that had preceded it. I kept reading about cars, but in high school I got serious about another passion of mine—classical piano—and resigned myself to the fact that any kind of career in the automotive industry was just a pipe dream.

It was during my freshman year in college that I discovered my interest in journalism by writing for the school newspaper. I changed my major from Piano Performance to English and realized that my pipe dream might have a shot at materializing. Contributing to a local alt weekly helped me hone my writing skills, and internships at Jalopnik and Nissan PR gave me glimpses of the inner workings of the automotive industry. A few years later, here I am, living out my dream that I never thought possible.

articles by Joseph Capparella

Maserati Levante SUV test mule
News & Rumors

Maserati Levante SUV Mule Spied Testing

Likely confirms that SUV will use Ghibli’s platform.
| Aug 27, 2014
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Updated Porsche 911 Spied
News & Rumors

Updated Porsche 911 Spied, May Adopt 992 Chassis Code

Minor exterior updates may belie larger changes under the skin.
| Aug 27, 2014
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2014 Mercedes Benz SL550
News & Rumors

2015 Mercedes-Benz SL400 Starts at $84,925

New V-6 model chops nearly $20,000 off the SL’s entry price.
| Aug 27, 2014
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2015 BMW i8 Ignition video
News & Rumors

Watch the 2015 BMW i8 Hit the Track

Is this unconventional hybrid a true sports car?
| Aug 26, 2014
2014 Nissan LEAF
News & Rumors

Report: Next Nissan Leaf to Have 180-Mile Range

Second-gen EV may also adopt a more traditional hatchback look.
| Aug 26, 2014
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Subaru WRX S4 Japanese Spec
News & Rumors

295-hp, Luxury-Oriented Subaru WRX S4 Debuts in Japan

This softened, CVT-only WRX is sure to upset Subaru traditionalists.
| Aug 25, 2014
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2015 Volvo group photos
News & Rumors

2015.5 Volvo Lineup Gains Standard Sensus Infotainment

New technology suite includes smartphone app integration.
| Aug 25, 2014
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2014 Mazda3
News & Rumors

Report: Next Mazdaspeed 3 Coming in 2016 with 300+ HP, All-Wheel Drive

Next-gen hot hatch will debut with refreshed 2017 Mazda 3.
| Aug 25, 2014
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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Rally Edition Front Side View Wide Shot
News & Rumors

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition Sports a Black Bowtie

Blacked-out appearance package is available for LS and LT models.
| Aug 21, 2014
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Infiniti Q50L China
News & Rumors

Long-Wheelbase Infiniti Q50L Debuts for China

Will be first Infiniti model produced in China.
| Aug 20, 2014
BMW X5 Security
News & Rumors

BMW X5 Security Plus Can Withstand Fire from an AK-47

Laminated glass and extra steel panels make this the toughest X5 yet.
| Aug 20, 2014
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Infiniti 2014 Paris Motor Show Teaser
News & Rumors

Infiniti Teases Possible Flagship Concept for 2014 Paris Auto Show

New concept could preview four-door coupe model.
| Aug 19, 2014
2015 Subaru Legacy IIHS Small Overlap Test During
News & Rumors

2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy Earn Top Safety Pick + Rating

Subaru’s entire lineup qualifies for IIHS Top Safety Pick status.
| Aug 19, 2014
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1954 Ferrari 375 MM At Pebble Beach 2014
News & Rumors

1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Wins 2014 Pebble Beach Best in Show

First Ferrari ever to win prestigious trophy.
| Aug 18, 2014
2014 Ford Edge
News & Rumors

GM, Ford, and Land Rover Models Recalled for Various Defects

Recalls include seat mounting, airbag, and driveshaft issues.
| Aug 15, 2014
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