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 Ford Focus ST
News & Rumors

Ford Racing Offers Tuning Tools for EcoBoost Engines

Factory-backed ProCal tool doesn’t void warranty.
| Dec 29, 2014
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Google Autonomous Car prototype
News & Rumors

Google Reveals Fully Functional Autonomous Car Prototype

More complete prototype intended for testing on public roads in 2015.
| Dec 23, 2014
2014 Year in Review Graphics
Car Lists

The 11 Wildest Cars We Drove in 2014

900-hp hybrids, record-breaking musclecars, and everything in between.
| Dec 22, 2014
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2015 Volkswagen Golf R Front Three Quarter In Motion 2
News & Rumors

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Pre-Order Begins January 8

First 500 cars come loaded and with a special accessory package.
| Dec 22, 2014
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2015 Porsche Boxster GTS
News & Rumors

Next-Generation Boxster/Cayman to Be Renamed Porsche 718

Smaller sub-model is cancelled, entry-level four-cylinder remains.
| Dec 19, 2014
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McLaren Sports Series teaser photo
News & Rumors

McLaren Sports Series Teased

New 911 fighter will debut in the second quarter of 2015.
| Dec 18, 2014
spyker-b6-venator-grille
News & Rumors

Spyker Companies Declares Bankruptcy

CEO Victor Muller says this is not the end of the Dutch carmaker.
| Dec 18, 2014
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2016 Nissan Titan teaser video
2015 Detroit Auto Show

2016 Nissan Titan Teased Again

Get a glimpse at the new 5.0-liter Cummins diesel V-8.
| Dec 17, 2014
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2016 Acura NSX Teaser Image
2015 Detroit Auto Show

2016 Acura NSX to Officially Debut at Detroit Auto Show

Hybrid supercar is finally ready for its production debut.
| Dec 17, 2014
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2014 Mini Cooper December Update
Long-Term Tests

2014 Mini Cooper - Friendly Dealers, Real-World MPG

Regular maintenance and some extra fuel-economy scrutiny.
| Dec 16, 2014
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2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Korean Spec
News & Rumors

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Debuts in Korea

Makes U.S. debut in Detroit, plug-in model to follow.
| Dec 16, 2014
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Jaguar Transparent Pillar
News & Rumors

Jaguar Transparent Pillar Technology Provides a 360 View

New system aims to eliminate blind spots altogether.
| Dec 15, 2014
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Porsche 911 GT3 RS Spied
News & Rumors

Porsche 911 GT3 RS Spied

Track-focused supercar may boast more than 500 hp.
| Dec 12, 2014
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Audi RS3 Sportback
News & Rumors

Audi RS3 Sportback Debuts with 362 HP

Turbocharged engine is Audi’s most powerful five-cylinder ever.
| Dec 12, 2014
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