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 GMC Canyon
News & Rumors

2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon V-6 Fuel Economy Announced

26 mpg highway rating barely beats big brother Silverado.
| Sep 03, 2014
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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Teaser
News & Rumors

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Teased Before Paris Debut

Swoopy, long-wheelbase concept should preview four-door coupe model.
| Sep 03, 2014
2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
News & Rumors

Chrysler August 2014 Sales Up 20 Percent, Jeep Continues to Roll

Jeep brand was the biggest gainer with a 49 percent increase.
| Sep 03, 2014
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2015 Toyota Camry XSE Rear Side View Studio
News & Rumors

2015 Toyota Camry Powertrains Unchanged, Prices Rise $100-$1355

Engines are completely carryover despite significant design refresh.
| Sep 02, 2014
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Corvette Sinkhole
News & Rumors

Corvette Museum Will Fill Sinkhole, GM to Restore Three Corvettes

Remaining five damaged cars will be part of new exhibit.
| Sep 02, 2014
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2015 Chrysler Town and Country
News & Rumors

2015 Chrysler Town & Country LX Model to Cost Less than $30,000

Minivan also adds new range-topping Limited Platinum trim.
| Sep 02, 2014
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2015 Fiat 500L
News & Rumors

2015 Fiat 500L Adds Six-Speed Automatic, New Colors

New transmission joins existing manual and dual-clutch options.
| Sep 02, 2014
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1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta courtesy of Bonhams
Car Lists

Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Ever Sold at Auction

These 10 make a $1.4 million LaFerrari look like chump change.
| Sep 01, 2014
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Top 5 New Cars For College 2014 Cla 45Amg Side
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Top Five New Cars For College

No matter where you to go school, here are five cars to consider.
| Sep 01, 2014
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2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
News & Rumors

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Priced at $42,385

Off-road-ready truck goes on sale in late September.
| Aug 29, 2014
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Aston Martin Lagonda Oman Air
News & Rumors

Aston Martin Lagonda Sedan Fully Revealed by Oman Airways

A first look at this ultralux sedan before its official debut.
| Aug 29, 2014
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2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ
News & Rumors

3 Millionth Chevrolet Cruze Sold Worldwide

Chevrolet’s global best-seller debuted only six years ago.
| Aug 28, 2014
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2015 Ford Fiesta ST
News & Rumors

2015 Ford Fiesta and Fiesta ST Prices Reduced by $235-$485

Zesty Fiesta ST hot hatch now starts at only $21,740.
| Aug 28, 2014
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2014 kia forte koup
News & Rumors

Kia to Open Plant in Mexico by 2016

New facility hopes to alleviate supply constraints for U.S. market.
| Aug 28, 2014
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Maserati Levante SUV test mule
News & Rumors

Maserati Levante SUV Mule Spied Testing

Likely confirms that SUV will use Ghibli’s platform.
| Aug 27, 2014
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