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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

Volkswagen Passat GTE Plug In
2014 Paris Motor Show

Volkswagen Passat GTE Plugs In for Paris Auto Show

New plug-in Passat shares its name and powertrain with Golf hybrid.
| Sep 29, 2014
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2014 Mazda 3 Four Seasons South Haven 1 Rear Three Quarter
Long-Term Tests

2014 Mazda 3 s Touring – Tried and Still True

Late in the game, we're still fans of the 3.
| Sep 29, 2014
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Prototype
News & Rumors

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Spied with Less Camouflage

Check out the leaner, meaner front end of the next Camaro.
| Sep 29, 2014
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2015 Ford F 150 Configurator
News & Rumors

2015 Ford F-150 Online Configurator Starts Up

Check out the many combinations available for this new truck.
| Sep 26, 2014
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Roush 2015 Ford Mustang
News & Rumors

Roush Introduces Upgrade Kits for 2015 Ford Mustang

An early glimpse at the newest modified pony car.
| Sep 26, 2014
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2008 Dodge Magnum Srt8 Front Three Quarters
News & Rumors

Chrysler Recalls 349,000 Cars for Ignition Key Issues

Defect is remarkably similar to much larger GM recall.
| Sep 25, 2014
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2015 Volvo V60 T5 Highway MPG
Long-Term Tests

2015 Volvo V60 T5 - Highway MPG

Measuring the new Drive-E engine's efficiency on long trips.
| Sep 25, 2014
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2015 Subaru Impreza
News & Rumors

2015 Subaru Impreza Refreshed with New Features, Improved MPG

Now available with EyeSight active safety technology.
| Sep 25, 2014
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tony stewart inside nascar car
News & Rumors

Tony Stewart Faces No Charges from Grand Jury

Stewart could still face civil suit from Ward family.
| Sep 25, 2014
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
News & Rumors

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango Recalled

Fuel pump relay issue could cause Chrysler SUVs to stall.
| Sep 23, 2014
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2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe
News & Rumors

Cadillac Moving World Headquarters to New York

New strategy seeks to position Cadillac as a global luxury brand.
| Sep 23, 2014
Bisimoto Hyundai Sonata
News & Rumors

708-HP Hyundai Sonata Tuned by Bisimoto Headed to SEMA

Who needs a Hellcat when you’ve got this crazy family sedan?
| Sep 22, 2014
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2015 Chevrolet Colorado
News & Rumors

2015 Chevrolet Colorado & GMC Canyon 4-Cylinder Fuel Economy Announced

Four-cylinder rated only 1 mpg higher combined than V-6 model.
| Sep 22, 2014
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Dodge Challenger Price Differential
Car Lists

Top 10 Cars with the Greatest Price Differentials

How much diversity can be contained within a single nameplate?
| Sep 19, 2014
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2014 Toyota Avalon LTD
News & Rumors

Recalls: 2014-2015 Toyota Models, 2015 Lincoln MKC, GM CNG Vans

Toyota models with 3.5-liter V-6 engine may have a fuel leak.
| Sep 19, 2014
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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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