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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

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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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 16, 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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2016 Bmw M2 Spied 1
News & Rumors

Report: BMW M2 Coming in 2015 with 369 HP

Smallest M car will provide an interesting alternative to the M3.
| Oct 13, 2014
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Final Edition Audi R8 Spied
News & Rumors

Final Edition Audi R8 Spied

Farewell model for the R8 looks to pack extra performance.
| Oct 10, 2014
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2014-buick-regal-gs-mpg
News & Rumors

EPA Average Fuel Economy Hits All-Time High of 24.1 MPG

Mazda is most efficient overall, Nissan is highest full-line manufacturer.
| Oct 09, 2014
2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
News & Rumors

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Debuts with 430 HP

Performance-oriented model fits between Carrera S and GT3.
| Oct 08, 2014
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2015 Honda CR V Front Three Quarter View In Motion 11
Road Tests

2015 Honda CR-V Review

It wasn’t broke, but Honda still fixed it.
| Oct 08, 2014
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Volvo Drive E Triple Turbo
News & Rumors

Volvo Previews Triple-Turbo Drive-E Engine with 450 HP

Electric turbo is used to spool up two parallel conventional turbos.
| Oct 07, 2014
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2016 Mercedes AMG GT S Edition 1 Front Three Quarter View 2
News & Rumors

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Kicks Off with Edition 1 Model

Special appearance package available only for 503-hp GT S model.
| Oct 06, 2014
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2005 Ford GT front left side
News & Rumors

Report: Ford GT Supercar to Return for 2016?

Possible new model could mean Ford is returning to Le Mans.
| Oct 06, 2014
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