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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

2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata Live Reveal
News & Rumors

U.S.-Spec 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Makes 155 HP

New model has 12 hp less than before, but drops around 200 lbs
| Jan 30, 2015
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2015 Jeep Renegade Configurator
News & Rumors

2015 Jeep Renegade Configurator Goes Live

Loaded Limited and Trailhawk models push $33,000.
| Jan 30, 2015
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2016 Honda Pilot Spied
News & Rumors

2016 Honda Pilot Spied

New crossover debuts at Chicago auto show.
| Jan 28, 2015
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Honda Civic Type R Concept Geneva
2015 Geneva Motor Show

Production Honda Civic Type R Debuts at Geneva Auto Show

Highly anticipated performance hatch finally greets the world.
| Jan 28, 2015
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2015 Volvo V60 Side Profile 07
Long-Term Tests

2015 Volvo V60 T5 - Piling on the Miles

The V60 makes driving 950 miles in one day a breeze.
| Jan 27, 2015
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BMW i3 Superbowl Ad
News & Rumors

BMW i3 Super Bowl Ad Goes Back to Pre-Internet Times

Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel ask, “What is internet, anyway?”
| Jan 26, 2015
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2017 Ford F 150 Raptor
News & Rumors

Report: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Makes 450 HP

EcoBoost V-6 pairs with new 10-speed automatic.
| Jan 26, 2015
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Buick Lacrosse Spied 5
News & Rumors

2016 Buick LaCrosse Spied Again

Less-camouflaged prototype shows off new upscale styling.
| Jan 23, 2015
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2015 Jeep Renegade Limited
News & Rumors

2015 Jeep Renegade Starts at $18,990

Off-road-oriented Trailhawk model starts at $26,990.
| Jan 23, 2015
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2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo Profile In Motion
Road Tests

2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo: Around the Block

When a budget sports car blows its budget.
| Jan 22, 2015
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2016 Ford Focus RS Teaser Video
News & Rumors

2016 Ford Focus RS Drifts around the Track in Teaser Video

Highly anticipated hot hatch is set to debut February 3.
| Jan 21, 2015
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2013 Lotus Evora S
2015 Geneva Motor Show

Report: Updated Lotus Evora to Bow at Geneva Auto Show

New car is said to return to the U.S. for the 2016 model year.
| Jan 20, 2015
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1991 Acura NSX With Acura Integra Type R
Car Lists

A Farewell to the Stickshift Acura

In 2015, Acura’s lineup will be auto-only for the first time ever.
| Jan 19, 2015
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2016 Honda HR V Front Right Front Three Quarter
News & Rumors

2016 Honda HR-V MPG Numbers Announced

Crossover gets up to 31 mpg combined.
| Jan 16, 2015
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2016 Honda Ridgeline 3
News & Rumors

2016 Honda Ridgeline Spied

New pickup is sized similarly to its predecessor.
| Jan 15, 2015
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2016 Mazda 2 Debut Canada
News & Rumors

2016 Mazda2 Makes North American Debut in Canada

1.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder will be the sole engine choice.
| Jan 15, 2015
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2016 Toyota Tacoma
2015 Detroit Auto Show

5 Things to Know About the 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Tidbits about new features and tech on the updated truck.
| Jan 13, 2015
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