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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 Subaru WRX STI
Car Lists

The 6 Remaining Manual-Only Cars in the U.S.

If you see one of these, you know the driver can use a clutch pedal.
| Jul 11, 2014
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2014 Mazda 3 Snowboard Donuts
News & Rumors

How to Do Donuts in a 2014 Mazda 3

Updating the old lunch-tray trick.
| Jul 11, 2014
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2013-bugatti-veyron-16-4-grand-sport-vitesse
News & Rumors

Report: Next Bugatti Veyron Goes Hybrid

16-cylinder engine plus electrification could make for 1500 hp.
| Jul 10, 2014
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News & Rumors

Report: Mazda RX-7 Returns for 2017 with 450-hp Turbo Rotary

New sports car would celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mazda’s rotary.
| Jul 10, 2014
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Jaguar Land Rover Virtual Windscreen
News & Rumors

Jaguar Land Rover’s New Virtual Windscreen is Meant for Racing

Special heads-up display can show lap times, racing lines, and more.
| Jul 10, 2014
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News & Rumors

Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Likely Coming to U.S. Market

Sedan model will be shown at U.S. Mitsubishi Owners Day.
| Jul 09, 2014
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2013-Tesla-Model-S-white-front-right-side
News & Rumors

Report: Lawsuit over Tesla Name in China Continues

Tesla isn’t taking the second lawsuit seriously.
| Jul 08, 2014
Mercedes Benz Self Driving Truck
News & Rumors

Mercedes-Benz Previews Self-Driving Semi Truck

Highway Pilot system could make it to the road by 2025.
| Jul 08, 2014
2015 Nissan Murano Front Side View
News & Rumors

2015 Nissan Lineup Updated

Full details on the updated 2015 Nissan car, truck, SUV, and van lineup.
| Jul 08, 2014
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Smart car teaser
News & Rumors

2015 Smart ForTwo and ForFour Teased

Take a look at the basic shape of the new Smart.
| Jul 07, 2014
2014 hyundai elantra sport
News & Rumors

2015 Hyundai Elantra Priced from $18,060

Compact sedan has some equipment reshuffling and new colors.
| Jul 07, 2014
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2015 Volkswagen Passat Euro Spec Sedan And Wagon
News & Rumors

European 2015 Volkswagen Passat Debuts

Passat moves to MQB, provides no indication of next U.S.-spec sedan.
| Jul 07, 2014
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2014 Audi A6
News & Rumors

2015 Audi Lineup Updated, Priced

Prices rise slightly for most models to accompany new features.
| Jul 03, 2014
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News & Rumors

Local Motors Working on Open-Source Lightweight Sports Car

Lightweight platform will result in open-air track toy, sports coupe.
| Jul 02, 2014
2015 Saleen 302 Mustang
News & Rumors

2015 Saleen 302 Mustang Teased

Tuned Mustang will use the GT model’s 5.0-liter V-8.
| Jul 02, 2014
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
News & Rumors

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Makes 707 HP

Only four current production cars have more horsepower.
| Jul 01, 2014
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1979 Chevrolet Corvette Reunion with Owner
News & Rumors

Stolen 1979 Chevrolet Corvette Returns to its Owner After 33 Years

Car was found in Mississippi, amazingly still in running condition.
| Jul 01, 2014
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2014 ford fusion
News & Rumors

Ford June 2014 Sales Down 5.8 Percent, Fusion Strong, F-Series Lags

F-150 changeover could continue to affect Ford’s sales numbers.
| Jul 01, 2014
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2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport
News & Rumors

2015 Lexus IS Tweaked, Gains Siri Integration

Gains new features, but surprisingly not a new base engine.
| Jun 30, 2014
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