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.

INFINITI, F1 and Your Garage

June 23, 2017 at 6:10 AM

There is a phrase that’s often used to justify manufacturer participation in motor sports that has it, “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday.” This was particularly the case when NASCAR ran what were “stock cars,” as in cars that were almost like those held in stock at dealerships.

Would James Bond Wear Them?

June 22, 2017 at 6:06 AM

This is a car.

The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus

June 21, 2017 at 6:57 AM

As we looked at one convertible yesterday and as today is the official start of summer, here’s another, the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus.

ZF and Hella Partnering for Advancing Technology

June 20, 2017 at 12:48 PM

In an effort to advance autonomous and assisted driving technologies, two major automotive suppliers—ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.--have established a strategic partnership, with ZF bringing systems know-how (as well as driveline and safety technologies and an entire ecosystem of other partners it is organizing toward this end.

The McLaren 570S Spider

June 20, 2017 at 6:59 AM

Issues associated with convertible versions of existing vehicles—and we don’t mean mussed-up hair—are that there tends to be a reduction in structural rigidity (after all, in effect, you’re cutting off the top of a unibody) and there is often an addition of a sizable amount of mass to handle the convertible mechanism.

VW Atlas, Post-Marchionne & More

June 19, 2017 at 6:12 AM

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was developed by VW in Wolfsburg, but the three-row midsize SUV is not (1) built in the massive complex in Germany nor (2) even available in the German market.

Peugeot Design Lab Turns Five

June 15, 2017 at 6:03 AM

The Peugeot Design Lab is celebrating its fifth birthday this week, perhaps with some of the oysters that are on offer on the food truck that the firm developed for the Maison Gillardeau earlier this year, based on the Peugeot Expert van.

Improving the Accord

June 14, 2017 at 5:54 AM

Although there is clearly a penchant for crossovers in the U.S. market, not all cars are finding direly diminished sales.

GM Advances Autonomy at Orion

June 13, 2017 at 10:48 AM

The GM Orion Assembly Plant measures 4.3-million square feet and the people there have built in excess of five-million cars since it was opened in 1983.

Back Seat Talker

June 13, 2017 at 6:43 AM

Drivers have been talking to cars for a number of years now.

The Navigator’s Engineer

June 12, 2017 at 6:16 AM

The forthcoming 2018 Lincoln Navigator is an all-new version of the three-row SUV.

Nissan Driving Technology

June 09, 2017 at 6:44 AM

Less than 10 years ago I wrote about the amazing technology that Volvo was deploying; it used sensors to detect objects in front of a vehicle and, if the driver didn’t seem to be taking the appropriate action (e.g., braking) the vehicle’s system would do it automatically.