Gary S. Vasilash

Gary S. Vasilash is the founding editor of Automotive Design & Production (AD&P) magazine, a publication established in 1997 by Gardner Publications with the cooperation of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He is responsible for the editorial management and direction of the monthly magazine. Vasilash continues to write a monthly column for AD&P and contributes several stories to each issue.

Vasilash has more than 20 years of experience writing about the automotive industry, best practices and new technologies. His work has appeared in a variety of venues, ranging from The Wall Street Journal to Lightworks, a journal of contemporary art. He has made numerous presentations at a variety of venues ranging from the annual meeting of the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) to the Center for Constructive alternatives at Hillsdale College.

Prior to his present position, Vasilash was editor-in-chief of both Automotive Production and Production magazines—predecessors to AD&P. He joined Cincinnati, Ohio-based Gardner Publications in 1987 as executive editor of Production magazine.

Prior to that, Vasilash had editorial positions with the Rockford Institute and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He is a member of the Automotive Press Association.

Autonomous at the Factory Door

September 19, 2017 at 6:28 AM

According to Sweden-based engineering services firm Semcon, a given new vehicle—of which there are some 80-million produced globally each year—must be manually moved about 25 times before it reaches the customer.

The 2017 MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4

September 19, 2017 at 6:27 AM

The 2017 MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4 in its standard form is not a car for everyone.

One Step Closer to NACTOY Victory

September 18, 2017 at 6:09 AM

The North American International Car of the Year (NACTOY) jury have come up with their list of semifinalists in the Car, Utility and Truck category, and if there is anything that can be discerned from the lists of the vehicles is that there is a breadth of high-quality offerings available for buyers.

Electric Vehicles in America

September 15, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Last week Nissan globally unveiled the all-new second-generation LEAF.

ZF Makes 100 Million Electric Park Brakes

September 14, 2017 at 6:13 AM

There are production milestones, and then there are really production milestones, like this one: In 2002 ZF pioneered the electric park brake (EPB). Last week the company announced that it has become the world’s first company to produce 100 million of them.

Is Past Prologue: Mustangs Then and Jaguars Tomorrow

September 13, 2017 at 6:30 AM

This is a picture of the interior of the 1994 Ford Mustang, the fourth generation of the venerable vehicle: While it is certainly stylish—for 1994—one notable aspect is the steering wheel: in 1990 the Mustang got a driver’s side airbag as standard equipment.

Adient Seats Awarded

September 12, 2017 at 7:58 AM

Adient, the company previously known as the “Johnson Controls Automotive Division,” has done exceedingly well in the J.D.

20 Years and Still Going Strong

September 11, 2017 at 8:01 AM

Usually in this space on Mondays there is a précis of the “Autoline After Hours” that we shot the preceding Thursday.

The Jaguar Land Rover Gorillaz Hiring Strategy

September 07, 2017 at 6:50 AM

One of the prevailing problems throughout industry is finding talent.

Making the Future

September 06, 2017 at 4:18 PM

Inside the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation there is a sign that reads: Henry Ford’s Kitchen Sink Engine On December 24, 1893, Henry Ford carried his first experimental engine, made from bits of scrap metal, into the family kitchen and clamped it to the sink.

The 2018 Toyota Camry: Goodbye Vanilla

September 06, 2017 at 3:43 PM

The advertising tagline that Toyota’s been using is “Let’s Go Places.” The eighth-generation Camry is going places where the mass-market midsize sedan has rarely traveled.

Watson Meets the Beetle

September 06, 2017 at 6:40 AM

Nothing kicks an OEM into gear like a crisis.