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

Infiniti 2014 Paris Motor Show Teaser
News & Rumors

Infiniti Teases Possible Flagship Concept for 2014 Paris Auto Show

New concept could preview four-door coupe model.
| Aug 19, 2014
2015 Subaru Legacy IIHS Small Overlap Test During
News & Rumors

2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy Earn Top Safety Pick + Rating

Subaru’s entire lineup qualifies for IIHS Top Safety Pick status.
| Aug 19, 2014
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1954 Ferrari 375 MM At Pebble Beach 2014
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1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Wins 2014 Pebble Beach Best in Show

First Ferrari ever to win prestigious trophy.
| Aug 18, 2014
2014 Ford Edge
News & Rumors

GM, Ford, and Land Rover Models Recalled for Various Defects

Recalls include seat mounting, airbag, and driveshaft issues.
| Aug 15, 2014
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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Trans Am Racecar
News & Rumors

Dodge Challenger SRT Race Car Debuts in Trans Am Series

Muscle car racers first hit the Mid-Ohio racetrack this weekend.
| Aug 14, 2014
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2015 Ford F 150
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5 Cool New Features on the 2015 Ford F-150

Big weight loss accompanied by many small improvements.
| Aug 14, 2014
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2014 Infiniti QX80 Larte Design
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Larte Design Kits Turn Up the Heat on Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz SUVs

Euro tuner will trick out your luxury SUV for as little as $15,000.
| Aug 13, 2014
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2009 Toyota Camry Front Three Quarter
News & Rumors

Report: Former U.S. Attorney to Monitor Toyota Safety Programs

New role was part of Toyota’s $1.2 billion settlement.
| Aug 13, 2014
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2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe
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Hyundai Elantra Coupe Discontinued for 2015

Related Kia Forte Koup will now have to fight the Civic Coupe alone.
| Aug 12, 2014
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2015 Chrysler 200 IIHS Small Overlap Frontal Test
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2015 Chrysler 200 Named IIHS Top Safety Pick +

Sedan is the first-ever Chrysler Group vehicle to win highest rating.
| Aug 12, 2014
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2011-land-rover-defender-dc100-concept-side-view
News & Rumors

Report: New Land Rover Defender Won’t Look like DC100 Concept

New design reportedly goes in a more adventurous direction.
| Aug 12, 2014
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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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