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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

2017 Buick LaCrosse spied
News & Rumors

Next-Generation Buick LaCrosse Spied

Upgraded styling for next FWD LaCrosse; RWD flagship still possible.
| Sep 18, 2014
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Nissan Leaf Truck Sparky Rear Three Quarter View
News & Rumors

Engineers Create Nissan Leaf Pickup Truck Named Sparky

Why create a Nissan Leaf shop truck? Nissan employees say, “why not?”
| Sep 18, 2014
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2016 Volvo XC90 R Design Front Side View
News & Rumors

2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design Trim Revealed

Sport-oriented trim gives Volvo’s new SUV a sharper look.
| Sep 18, 2014
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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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