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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

Scion iM Concept Teaser for 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show
2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Scion iM Concept Teased Before L.A. Auto Show Debut

Is a Toyota Auris-based hot hatch in Scion’s future?
| Oct 22, 2014
2014 Mini Cooper Front Three Quarters View 2
News & Rumors

2014 Mini Cooper EPA Fuel Economy Ratings Lowered

Cooper S models lose as much as 4 mpg in highway ratings.
| Oct 22, 2014
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2015 Dodge Viper SRT
News & Rumors

Report: Dodge Viper Production to Restart in November

Price cut leads to increased sales, ending 6-month factory hiatus.
| Oct 22, 2014
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2015 Jeep Renegade Dunes Screenshot
News & Rumors

2015 Jeep Renegade Hits the Dunes

Does the Trailhawk model deserve its “Trail Rated” badge?
| Oct 21, 2014
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2015 Hyundai Genesis Toca SEMA
News & Rumors

600-HP 2015 Hyundai Genesis by Toca Heading for SEMA

Twin turbos and a body kit make for one mean-looking Genesis.
| Oct 21, 2014
2015 Lexus NX 300h
News & Rumors

2015 Lexus NX Official Pricing Announced

Starting price leaves plenty of space between new NX and popular RX.
| Oct 20, 2014
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2015 Ford F 150 at 2014 SEMA Show
News & Rumors

2015 Ford F-150 Gets Modified for SEMA

Redesigned aluminum pickup gets souped-up for on- and off-road.
| Oct 20, 2014
2014 Mini Cooper Mini Takes the States
Long-Term Tests

2014 Mini Cooper - Blending in at Mini Takes the States

Recognizing the importance of the quintissential Mini charm.
| Oct 20, 2014
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2016 Nissan Maxima Prototype Front Three Quarter View 3
News & Rumors

2016 Nissan Maxima Spied Testing

Looks like a toned down version of the swoopy Sport Sedan Concept.
| Oct 17, 2014
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2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Front Three Quarter View
Long-Term Tests

2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport - Getting to Grips with the Sedan

Luxury sedan strikes a balance between sporty handling and comfort.
| Oct 17, 2014
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2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI
News & Rumors

A Look at European New Car Sales in 2014

Steady increases contradict perception that market is hurting.
| Oct 17, 2014
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Detroit Electric SP 01 Teaser
News & Rumors

Detroit Electric SP:01 Sports Car Teased on Video

Teaser video shows company rebranding, previews final production car.
| Oct 17, 2014
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BMW X Suvs After 15 Years Front Three Quarter View Of Models 1
News & Rumors

BMW Marks 15th Anniversary of Building SUVs

X-badged SUVs now make up nearly a third of BMW sales.
| Oct 16, 2014
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Audi TT Offroad Concept Rear Side View
News & Rumors

Report: Audi TT Family Likely to Add Crossover Variant

New model could reach production as soon as 2016.
| Oct 15, 2014
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2016 Mercedes AMG GT
News & Rumors

Report: Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series on Its Way

Hardcore performance model should debut after convertible variant.
| Oct 14, 2014
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Mercedes Benz 300 GD
News & Rumors

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen Turns 35 Years Old

Well-worn 1988 model enters museum collection after 500,000-mile trip.
| Oct 13, 2014
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