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.

Engineering the 2017 Lincoln Continental

February 06, 2017 at 5:48 AM

Mike Celentino, is chief engineer for the 2017 Lincoln Continental.

Building Bikes

February 03, 2017 at 5:26 AM

According to the folks at Sculpteo, a 3d printing and engineering services company based outside of Paris, they built what they describe as “the first ever fully functional bike created using digital manufacturing.” To prove that this is a real bike, not a booth exhibit, the two designers of the bike, Alexandre d’Orsetti and Piotr Widelka, rode it from Las Vegas, where it had been on display at CES, to San Francisco, where Sculpteo has a facility.

Honda Brings Back the Hatchback

February 02, 2017 at 10:06 AM

The last time Honda had a five-door Civic was for the third generation: from 1988 to 1991. Now on generation 10, the hatch is back.

Mercedes Makes a New Speedform

February 02, 2017 at 5:24 AM

If we go back to the Mercedes A-Class of 2008, we find this: That vehicle looks more utilitarian than Mercedesian.

Designing BMW’s Future @ BMW Designworks

February 01, 2017 at 4:07 PM

Oliver Heilmer and his colleagues in California are likely to have a profound effect on not only a vast array of consumer products and services going forward, but on how BMW Group products look and perform in the years to come

Profound Painting

February 01, 2017 at 6:22 AM

Imagine a paint job—and “job” is a rather pedestrian word in this context—for a vehicle that is 10 layers thick and which uses 250 percent more paint than the standard, a standard which is already superlative.

Hyperloop in Central Europe

January 31, 2017 at 6:21 AM

While looking into Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, it came to our attention that last May the company announced that a “base technology” for its system--which will have a capsule containing people that will be propelled through a pylon mounted tube--is “Vibranium,” which it describes as a “smart material specifically developed for the Hyperloop application.” We thought that it was a material that was specifically developed for the Marvel Universe, though we may be wrong. (For an interesting look at vibranium vs. adamantium, we’d like to call your attention to a piece that appeared in Machine Design last year, as well, which you can see here.) But the Hyperloop Vibranium was created with help from a company with carbon-fiber composite capability, C2i of Slovakia.

Chevy’s ZR2, Ford’s Apple Pick & More

January 30, 2017 at 5:54 AM

The forthcoming Chevy Colorado ZR2 is designed and engineered to be able to handle off-road situations of all types with aplomb.

Abundant Acreage for Autonomy

January 27, 2017 at 5:33 AM

“We have visited virtually every other active safety and autonomous vehicle test facilities around the world, talked with dozens of customers, and are partnering with many others in the space so that we can best serve the needs of everyone regarding safer vehicle, safer drivers, and safer roads.” That’s Mark-Tami Hotta, CEO of the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio, announcing that TRC is instituting Phase 1 of an expansion, a new 540-acre Smart Mobility Advanced Research and Test Center that will be configured within the TRC’s 4,500 acres.

Range Rover Sport SVR: Fast No Matter What

January 26, 2017 at 6:24 AM

The Range Rover Sport SVR is, apparently, an astounding vehicle.

Money for “Fuel”

January 25, 2017 at 6:22 AM

Imagine going to your local gas station and having the guy behind the counter, the guy surrounded by beef jerky, lottery tickets, vaping devices, and various “stimulants,” saying to you: “Thanks for using our product.

2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD

January 24, 2017 at 6:49 AM

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is the vehicle that Cadillac needs now in a way than it probably has never needed a vehicle more.