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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

2015 Kia Soul EV Front Three Quarter View 17
Road Tests

2015 Kia Soul EV Review

More fun than its powertrain and shape suggest.
| Sep 17, 2014
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Ford C Max for 2014 Paris Motor Show
News & Rumors

Updated Ford C-Max Revealed for Europe

Similar upgrades should come to U.S. version soon.
| Sep 17, 2014
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2015 Kia Soul IIHS During Test
News & Rumors

2015 Kia Soul and Kia Forte Improve IIHS Safety Ratings

Soul now rated TSP, Forte only improves to “Marginal” score.
| Sep 16, 2014
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2014 Mazda3
News & Rumors

2015 Mazda 3 Updated, Gains Manual Transmission for 2.5L Engine

7-inch touchscreen also now standard on all models but base SV sedan.
| Sep 16, 2014
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HSV GTS Maloo Rear Side View
News & Rumors

576-HP HSV GTS Maloo Is a Different Kind of Sport Ute

May be one of the last HSV creations from down under.
| Sep 12, 2014
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Toyota Urban Utility Concept
News & Rumors

Toyota Urban Utility Concept Turns Up Compact Cargo Van Funk Factor

Bizarre-looking Urban Utility Concept is made for DIYers.
| Sep 09, 2014
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2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible
News & Rumors

2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible Debuts, Starts at $38,850

Droptop comes in 228i and M235i versions just like the coupe.
| Sep 09, 2014
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2014 Ford Fiesta ST Hitting the Open Road
Long-Term Tests

2014 Ford Fiesta ST – Hitting the Open Road

How does this fun-loving hatch fare as a highway cruiser?
| Sep 05, 2014
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2016 Volvo XC90
News & Rumors

2016 Volvo XC90 First Edition Sells Out within Two Days

Early demand foretells good things for XC90 sales.
| Sep 05, 2014
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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Build Your Own
News & Rumors

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Build-Your-Own Tool Goes Live

Explore the many configurations of this new midsize truck.
| Sep 04, 2014
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2015 GMC Canyon
News & Rumors

2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon V-6 Fuel Economy Announced

26 mpg highway rating barely beats big brother Silverado.
| Sep 03, 2014
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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Teaser
News & Rumors

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Teased Before Paris Debut

Swoopy, long-wheelbase concept should preview four-door coupe model.
| Sep 03, 2014
2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
News & Rumors

Chrysler August 2014 Sales Up 20 Percent, Jeep Continues to Roll

Jeep brand was the biggest gainer with a 49 percent increase.
| Sep 03, 2014
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2015 Toyota Camry XSE Rear Side View Studio
News & Rumors

2015 Toyota Camry Powertrains Unchanged, Prices Rise $100-$1355

Engines are completely carryover despite significant design refresh.
| Sep 02, 2014
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