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

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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Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG World Championship 2014 Edition
News & Rumors

Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG World Championship 2014 Edition Debuts

Each of 19 white and 19 black cars represents an F1 track.
| Dec 01, 2014
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2016 Nissan Titan Teaser Video
News & Rumors

2016 Nissan Titan Teased on Video

Redesigned truck debuts at Detroit auto show in January.
| Nov 26, 2014
2015 Toyota Camry Badge
News & Rumors

Toyota Introduces New Safety, Lighting Technologies

New features set to appear starting in 2015.
| Nov 26, 2014
Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake
News & Rumors

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Debuts for Europe

CLA’s swoopy lines translate well to a long-roof bodystyle.
| Nov 25, 2014
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2016 Ford Explorer
News & Rumors

2016 Ford Explorer Priced Starting at $31,595

New range-topping Platinum trim starts above $50,000.
| Nov 24, 2014
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2014 Nissan Quest IIHS Testing
News & Rumors

Nissan, Chrysler Minivans Perform Poorly in IIHS Small-Overlap Test

Both Nissan Quest and Chrysler Town & Country earn “Poor” ratings.
| Nov 21, 2014
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2015 Nissan Murano Front Side View From Above
News & Rumors

2015 Nissan Murano Starts at $30,445

High-end Platinum trim costs $39,885.
| Nov 21, 2014
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