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.

Z: Blast from the Past

April 11, 2017 at 5:57 AM

This is the first-generation Fairlady Z 432, which was launched in Japan in November 1969, then made its way to America the following year as the Datsun 240Z: Why 240Z?

Ford Brings Hybrid Tech to Police Pursuit

April 10, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Kevin Layden, director of Electrified Powertrain Engineering at Ford, points out that when a police officer is giving vehicular chase to someone, there is a good likelihood that the police vehicle is going to be starting from no or low speed, so the launch is critical.

On Ioniq

April 10, 2017 at 6:21 AM

Mike O’Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America, thinks that if car companies are going to meet the 2025 CAFE requirement for hitting 54.5 mpg (assuming that it isn’t rolled back to something easier to achieve) then they’re going to have to get a heck of a lot more electrified models in the market.

Play Ball!

April 07, 2017 at 6:36 AM

Today is Opening Day in Detroit for the Tigers (assuming the weather doesn’t throw the proverbial curve). Given the number of people in the D who are associated with this industry, odds are good that there aren’t a whole lot of people looking at this today.

Another Reason Robots Might Be Better Drivers

April 06, 2017 at 6:20 AM

Did you know that when you are driving and there is an emergency vehicle with its lights flashing parked on the road ahead you are to (1) move over a lane to your left or, should that not be possible for whatever reason, (2) slow down to a speed that will make it safer for the emergency personnel who might be in the roadway? “Of course!” you think. “Everyone knows that.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while doing so is a law in all 50 states, and has been since 2012, “Research shows that most Americans don’t know that this law exists.” Now you might be thinking, “Well, I don’t know that it is a law, but it certainly is the sensible thing to do.” Yes.

2017 Jeep Compass: For the Four Corners of the Earth

April 05, 2017 at 9:30 AM

The compact SUV segment is gaining traction in the global market, so Jeep, the brand known for vehicles with incredible tractive capabilities, has designed and engineered a new vehicle for that segment, the all-new Compass.

Stylish Stamping

April 05, 2017 at 7:08 AM

Think of this: steel or aluminum blanks are picked up by two robots and placed on a conveyor belt.

Hyundai and Efficient Electrification

April 04, 2017 at 4:03 PM

Through a platform strategy and efficient engineering, Hyundai has launched a suite of highly efficient electrified vehicles.

Robots and Transformation

April 04, 2017 at 2:36 PM

The Art of German Car Design

April 04, 2017 at 5:27 AM

Although this is incredibly short notice, if you can get yourself to the Techno-Classica event in Essen, Germany, by tomorrow, April 5 at 7:00 pm CEST, and you’re your way to the Autostadt booth (Hall 7, stand 410), you’ll have an opportunity to hear a panel discussion about automotive design that will make the short-notice travel to Germany worth it.

Honda Launches Its Latest Fuel Cell Vehicle

April 03, 2017 at 5:35 AM

If Honda is anything, it is an engine company.

Honda Increases the Ability to Flex

March 30, 2017 at 6:33 AM

One of the phrases that you don’t hear all too often anymore is “production flexibility.” Which means, of course, the wherewithal to make Y is X isn’t selling all that well, or making a shift to Z if the other two are lagging.