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

2013 Mercedes Benz C300 4MATIC Sedan
News & Rumors

2013-14 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Fuel Economy Revised by EPA

Error in Mercedes’ testing process was similar to Ford’s.
| Oct 01, 2014
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
News & Rumors

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Stuns with Official Performance Numbers

Supercharged monster goes 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds.
| Oct 01, 2014
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2015 Lincoln MKC
News & Rumors

Ford Sales Decrease 2.7 Percent in September 2014

Dipping car sales aren’t helped by F-150 transition period.
| Oct 01, 2014
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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept
2014 Paris Motor Show

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Previews Upcoming Flagship Model

Dramatic styling, hybrid powertrain show Infiniti’s new direction.
| Oct 01, 2014
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2015 Honda CR V
News & Rumors

2015 Honda CR-V Refreshed with New Engine, Improved MPG

Fuel economy bumps up to a class-leading 27/34 mpg city/highway.
| Sep 30, 2014
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Volkswagen Passat GTE Plug In
2014 Paris Motor Show

Volkswagen Passat GTE Plugs In for Paris Auto Show

New plug-in Passat shares its name and powertrain with Golf hybrid.
| Sep 29, 2014
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2014 Mazda 3 Four Seasons South Haven 1 Rear Three Quarter
Long-Term Tests

2014 Mazda 3 s Touring – Tried and Still True

Late in the game, we're still fans of the 3.
| Sep 29, 2014
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Prototype
News & Rumors

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Spied with Less Camouflage

Check out the leaner, meaner front end of the next Camaro.
| Sep 29, 2014
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2015 Ford F 150 Configurator
News & Rumors

2015 Ford F-150 Online Configurator Starts Up

Check out the many combinations available for this new truck.
| Sep 26, 2014
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Roush 2015 Ford Mustang
News & Rumors

Roush Introduces Upgrade Kits for 2015 Ford Mustang

An early glimpse at the newest modified pony car.
| Sep 26, 2014
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2008 Dodge Magnum Srt8 Front Three Quarters
News & Rumors

Chrysler Recalls 349,000 Cars for Ignition Key Issues

Defect is remarkably similar to much larger GM recall.
| Sep 25, 2014
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2015 Volvo V60 T5 Highway MPG
Long-Term Tests

2015 Volvo V60 T5 - Highway MPG

Measuring the new Drive-E engine's efficiency on long trips.
| Sep 25, 2014
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2015 Subaru Impreza
News & Rumors

2015 Subaru Impreza Refreshed with New Features, Improved MPG

Now available with EyeSight active safety technology.
| Sep 25, 2014
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