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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

Continental Augmented Reality HUD
News & Rumors

Continental Shows off New Augmented Reality HUD Technology

System can project navigation, active-safety images onto the road ahead.
| Oct 30, 2014
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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Black Edition
News & Rumors

Report: Range Rover Considering All-Electric SUV

Jaguar Land Rover looks to steal some of Tesla’s luxury EV thunder.
| Oct 30, 2014
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2016 Ford Explorer prototype
News & Rumors

2016 Ford Explorer Coming to Los Angeles Auto Show

Updated model should feature new front and rear styling.
| Oct 29, 2014
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pininfarina-sergio-concept-right-front-2
News & Rumors

Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio Headed for Production

Ultra-exclusive supercar should have a sky-high price tag.
| Oct 29, 2014
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Nissan Kicks Concept
News & Rumors

Nissan Kicks SUV Concept Debuts in Sao Paulo

Cool-looking small SUV concept is inspired by Brazilian auto market.
| Oct 28, 2014
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2015 Chrysler 200 Ad Screenshot
News & Rumors

New 2015 Chrysler 200 Ads Take Aim at Japanese, German Cars

Chrysler claims its new sedan is “Ready to Take on the World.”
| Oct 27, 2014
2014 Ford Fiesta ST Front Three Quarter View
Long-Term Tests

2014 Ford Fiesta ST – Major Maintenance

Autocrossing and hard driving take a toll on our wallet.
| Oct 27, 2014
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Lincoln MKX Concept Video Teaser Screen Grab Front Grille
News & Rumors

Report: Lincoln Gets $5 Billion Boost for New D6 Platform

Flexible platform is set to underpin next MKZ, MKT starting in 2019.
| Oct 27, 2014
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2015 Lotus Exige S Automatic
News & Rumors

Lotus Exige S Adds Automatic Transmission Option

Whatever happened to “simplify and add lightness?”
| Oct 24, 2014
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BMW X5 M and X6 M Teaser
News & Rumors

BMW X5 M and X6 M Teased on Video

New high-performance SUVs could arrive at next month’s L.A. show.
| Oct 24, 2014
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2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
News & Rumors

Report: Next Jeep Wrangler to Remain Body-on-Frame

Debunks rumor that shift to aluminum would necessitate unibody construction.
| Oct 24, 2014
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2015 Chrysler 300 Spied
News & Rumors

2015 Chrysler 300 V-8 Models Gain Eight-Speed Automatic

Refreshed model arrives at Los Angeles auto show next month.
| Oct 24, 2014
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Ford Mondeo Pedestrian Detection
News & Rumors

Ford Introduces Pedestrian Detection System

System rolls out on Euro-market Mondeo, should come to U.S. next year.
| Oct 23, 2014
2016 Mazda2 Japanese Spec Front Side View Posing
News & Rumors

2016 Mazda 2 Production Begins in Mexico

Mazda will increase capacity of the plant by March 2016.
| Oct 23, 2014
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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Model Set
News & Rumors

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport Updated

New equipment and slight pricing changes for Hyundai's crossover duo.
| Oct 23, 2014
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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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