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

Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept
2015 Detroit Auto Show

Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Concept Revealed in Detroit

Small trucklet is essentially a compact crossover with a pickup bed.
| Jan 12, 2015
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug In Hybrid
2015 Detroit Auto Show

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Debut in Detroit

Company’s first plug-in expected to provide 22 miles of EV range.
| Jan 12, 2015
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2016 Audi Q3 TDI Euro Spec Yellow Front View
2015 Detroit Auto Show

2016 Audi Q3 Refresh Debuts at Detroit Auto Show

New grille, updated powertrains round out changes to Audi’s small SUV.
| Jan 12, 2015
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2015 Volkswagen Golf R Rear Three Quarter In Motion
News & Rumors

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Pre-Order Sells Out

First 500 cars were claimed in less than 12 hours.
| Jan 09, 2015
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2015 Dodge Viper GTC Customization
News & Rumors

2015 Dodge Viper Adds GTC Trim with Personalization Options

25,000 different color, wheel, and performance combinations available.
| Jan 08, 2015
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2015 Cadillac CTS
News & Rumors

2015 Cadillac CTS Receives Price Adjustment

Performance and Premium trims reduced by $2,000-$3,000.
| Jan 08, 2015
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2016 lexus RX spied
News & Rumors

2016 Lexus RX Spied Testing

New crossover appears to adopt aggressive styling from the NX.
| Jan 07, 2015
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Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Teaser
2015 Geneva Motor Show

Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Teased for Geneva Show

Road-legal performance variant should compete with 911 GT3.
| Jan 07, 2015
Mercedes Benz F 015 Luxury In Motion Concept Front Three Quarter In Motion 4
News & Rumors

Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion Autonomous Concept Debuts at CES

Futuristic concept features a spacious, lounge-like interior.
| Jan 06, 2015
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Volkswagen Golf R Touch Concept Cockpit
News & Rumors

Volkswagen Details Infotainment, Electric Charging Tech at CES

New MIB infotainment system launches later this year.
| Jan 05, 2015
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2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ With Sunlight
News & Rumors

GM December 2014 Sales Up 19 Percent to Finish the Year

Full-year sales are up 5.3 percent despite GM’s recall crisis.
| Jan 05, 2015
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Mercedes Benz CES concept car teaser
News & Rumors

Mercedes-Benz Teases Autonomous Car Headed for CES

Sleek, pod-like concept looks like prototype previously spied testing.
| Jan 02, 2015
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