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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

Transformers Age Of Extinction GM Display
2014 New York Auto Show

Two More Chevrolet Models to Feature in Next Transformers Movie

Chevrolet Sonic and Trax join Camaro and Corvette on the silver screen.
Apr 18, 2014
2014 volkswagen gtd
News & Rumors

Report: Volkswagen GTD Is Less Likely for U.S.

Diesel-powered hot hatch may not make it here after all.
Apr 18, 2014
2014 Nissan LEAF
News & Rumors

Nissan Offers Free Charging for Leaf Owners

EZ-Charge card offers free access to public charging stations.
Apr 17, 2014
2015 Honda HR V Front Side View
2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Honda HR-V Crossover Goes on Sale Late 2014

New HR-V crossover is based on the same platform as the Honda Fit.
Apr 17, 2014
Volvo S60L PPHEV Concept
News & Rumors

Volvo S60L Plug-in Hybrid Shown in Beijing

New plug-in powertrain uses a 2.0-liter Drive-E four-cylinder.
Apr 17, 2014
2015 Subaru Outback
2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Subaru Outback Unveiled in New York

Fifth-generation Outback doesn't stray far from the original formula.
Apr 17, 2014
Volkswagen Touareg 2014 Beijing Auto Show Front Side View
News & Rumors

2015 Volkswagen Touareg Refreshed for Beijing

Refreshed Touareg will go on sale in the U.S. this fall.
Apr 16, 2014
2015 Acura TLX
2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Acura TLX Shown in New York

Engine options include a 206-hp four-cylinder and a 290-hp V-6.
Apr 16, 2014
2014 SRT Viper Anodized Carbon Time Attack
2014 New York Auto Show

2014 SRT Viper Anodized Carbon Edition Gains Time Attack Package

Most exclusive Viper gets even more so with a special run of 10 units.
Apr 16, 2014
2014 Scion FR S Release Series 1 0
2014 New York Auto Show

2014 Scion FR-S Gains Release Series 1.0 Package

Release Series model adds TRD exhaust, lowering springs.
Apr 16, 2014
2015 Toyota Camry XSE
2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Toyota Camry Refresh Shown in New York

More than just a mid-cycle refresh for Toyota’s best-seller.
Apr 16, 2014
2015 Infiniti QX80
2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Infiniti QX80 Refreshed in New York

Infiniti’s big bruiser gets a new look and a range-topping Limited trim.
Apr 15, 2014
2015 Infiniti Q70
2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Infiniti Q70 and Q70L Premiere in New York

Aging Q70 gets a facelift and a long-wheelbase model.
Apr 15, 2014
2015 Chevrolet Trax Front Three Quarter View
2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Chevrolet Trax Debuts in New York

Buick Encore’s downmarket sibling comes to the U.S.
Apr 15, 2014
2015 Mini Countryman
2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Mini Countryman Refreshed for New York

Mild refresh for the Countryman, good luck spotting the changes.
Apr 15, 2014
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