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 Hyundai Tucson
News & Rumors

Report: Hyundai Focuses on Crossovers, Hybrids; RWD Sport Sedan Likely

Next-gen Tucson debuts in 2015, 3 Series competitor possible.
| Aug 11, 2014
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2014 Mercedes Benz SL550
News & Rumors

2015 Mercedes-Benz SL400 Receives New Turbocharged V-6

New entry-level SL model is powered by twin-turbo V-6.
| Aug 11, 2014
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2014 Audi S5 Coupe
Road Tests

2014 Audi S5 Coupe: Around the Block

Audi “S” models play the game a little differently.
| Aug 11, 2014
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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel
News & Rumors

Report: GM to Introduce More Diesel Models in the U.S.

GM sees growth opportunity for diesel passenger cars and light trucks.
| Aug 06, 2014
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SCCA Starting Line Driving School
Long-Term Tests

2014 Ford Fiesta ST – Breaking it In

This hot hatch feels right at home at the autocross and on the track.
| Aug 06, 2014
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Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Baja 1000
News & Rumors

Toyota Tundra TRD Pro to Race in Baja 1000

Toyota truck engineer Mike Sweers will navigate for the team.
| Aug 06, 2014
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2015 Chevrolet Colorado
News & Rumors

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Starts at $20,995, GMC Canyon at $21,880

Base Colorado is an extended-cab model with a manual transmission.
| Aug 05, 2014
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2016 Ford F Series Super Duty Spied Fire
News & Rumors

2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty Prototype Catches Fire, Burns in Desert

Two Ford engineers thankfully escaped dramatic fire unharmed.
| Aug 04, 2014
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2004-hyundai-santa-fe-side-view
News & Rumors

Recalls: Hyundai Sonata, Santa Fe, Veracruz, Chevrolet Spark, Corvette

Three more Hyundai recalls cover approximately 424,000 cars.
| Aug 01, 2014
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