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.

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

July 11, 2017 at 6:05 AM

Perhaps the reason why the Prius Prime looks the way it does is because of the success of the three previous generations of the car that became the name for “hybrids” the way that “Kleenex” has come to stand for “tissue,” even though no one has probably ever called another vehicle manufacturer’s hybrid a “Prius,” which is certainly not the case with the object one reaches for when a sneeze is imminent.

Beetle Beetles On

July 10, 2017 at 6:59 AM

Most of the time when the name “Volkswagen” gets reported, it has something to do with something not so good, as in the diesel imbroglio that continues on and on like the Jetta TDI in one of those TV commercials of not long ago.

Volvo: Much Ado About Not Much

July 07, 2017 at 6:31 AM

Every Volvo launched from 2019 on will have an electric motor.


July 06, 2017 at 2:32 PM

The French Fifth Republic was established in 1958.

NACTOY: The 2017 Nominees

July 06, 2017 at 8:26 AM

The initial list of the vehicles that have qualified for the 2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) awards have been released today, so because these awards are significant to the industry (and only partially because I am one of the 60 judges, representatives of auto journalism across the continent), here is the list of vehicles that will be considered.

Polycarbonate Is Clearly Lighter

July 05, 2017 at 8:29 AM

Mass reduction is an absolute must when it comes to electric vehicles for the simple reason that if there is less mass to be moved, then the motor doesn’t have to work as hard as it otherwise might, which means less energy is consumed.

Gas Prices on the Fourth of July

July 04, 2017 at 6:56 AM

Today in the U.S. it is Independence Day.

Tires and Ice Cream

July 03, 2017 at 6:39 AM

According to the folks from Michelin, there are over 200 ingredients in an auto tire that fall into five groups: “Natural rubber: the main component of the tread layers Synthetic rubber: part of the treads of car, van and 4x4 tires Carbon black and silica: used as a reinforcing agent to improve durability Metallic and textile reinforcement cables: the "skeleton" of the tire, forming the geometric shape and providing rigidity.

Energy Savings = Money Savings

June 30, 2017 at 12:59 PM

Doing good for the environment can do really well for a manufacturer’s bottom line.

TLX Reset

June 30, 2017 at 12:53 PM

For the 2018 model, Acura designers and engineers made changes to the sport sedan that go beyond a typical refresh. Here’s why and how.

Of Time and Technology

June 30, 2017 at 9:42 AM

Winning Parts from Powder (Metal)

June 30, 2017 at 6:33 AM

Although 3D printing is getting lots of buzz in both the technical and consumer arenas, there is another process that’s been around longer (as in about 100 years) that cleverly creates production parts: powder metallurgy (PM). As the name implies, metal powders, placed in a die, are transformed into parts through the application of pressure and heat.