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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

McLaren Sports Series teaser photo
News & Rumors

McLaren Sports Series Teased

New 911 fighter will debut in the second quarter of 2015.
| Dec 18, 2014
spyker-b6-venator-grille
News & Rumors

Spyker Companies Declares Bankruptcy

CEO Victor Muller says this is not the end of the Dutch carmaker.
| Dec 18, 2014
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2016 Nissan Titan teaser video
2015 Detroit Auto Show

2016 Nissan Titan Teased Again

Get a glimpse at the new 5.0-liter Cummins diesel V-8.
| Dec 17, 2014
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2016 Acura NSX Teaser Image
2015 Detroit Auto Show

2016 Acura NSX to Officially Debut at Detroit Auto Show

Hybrid supercar is finally ready for its production debut.
| Dec 17, 2014
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2014 Mini Cooper December Update
Long-Term Tests

2014 Mini Cooper - Friendly Dealers, Real-World MPG

Regular maintenance and some extra fuel-economy scrutiny.
| Dec 16, 2014
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2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Korean Spec
News & Rumors

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Debuts in Korea

Makes U.S. debut in Detroit, plug-in model to follow.
| Dec 16, 2014
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Jaguar Transparent Pillar
News & Rumors

Jaguar Transparent Pillar Technology Provides a 360 View

New system aims to eliminate blind spots altogether.
| Dec 15, 2014
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Porsche 911 GT3 RS Spied
News & Rumors

Porsche 911 GT3 RS Spied

Track-focused supercar may boast more than 500 hp.
| Dec 12, 2014
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Audi RS3 Sportback
News & Rumors

Audi RS3 Sportback Debuts with 362 HP

Turbocharged engine is Audi’s most powerful five-cylinder ever.
| Dec 12, 2014
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2016 Nissan Titan Spied
News & Rumors

2016 Nissan Titan Spied Again

Big-boned pickup will officially debut at the Detroit auto show.
| Dec 11, 2014
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2016 Mercedes Benz GLE Class Coupe
News & Rumors

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Powertrains Detailed

Standard GLE400 and GLE350 d models join the AMG Sport GLE450.
| Dec 11, 2014
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2015 Acura TLX
News & Rumors

Stop-Sale Issued for 2015 Acura TLX V-6

Transmission may incorrectly indicate that the vehicle is in park.
| Dec 10, 2014
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Porsche Boxster RS Spyder Spied
News & Rumors

Porsche Boxster RS Spyder Spied

High-performance droptop shares upgrades with Cayman GT4.
| Dec 10, 2014
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2016 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 4Matic Coupe
News & Rumors

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG 4Matic Coupe Revealed

Forget the complex name and think of it as Mercedes’ own BMW X6.
| Dec 09, 2014
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Jaguar XF sedan prototype
News & Rumors

Report: Next-Generation Jaguar XF to Debut at New York Auto Show

Redesigned sedan will be slightly larger, but more efficient.
| Dec 09, 2014
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2015 Ford Fiesta
News & Rumors

Report: Ford Considering Using CVTs Again

New transmission could improve mpg in low-torque applications.
| Dec 08, 2014
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2015 Nissan Murano
Road Tests

2015 Nissan Murano Review

A style-conscious crossover reaching to Infiniti and beyond.
| Dec 08, 2014
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2015 Audi Q7 Front View
News & Rumors

Report: Next Audi Q7 to offer Diesel Plug-in Hybrid

New SUV may debut at Detroit auto show in January.
| Dec 05, 2014
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Rolls Royce Ghost Series II By Mansory Front Three Quarter
News & Rumors

Mansory Shows Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II Upgrades

If regular Rolls-Royce exclusivity isn’t enough.
| Dec 01, 2014
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