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.

The Transparent Idea Factory

March 23, 2017 at 6:24 AM

We’ve previously seen how ZF is driving its innovation through the use of quick pitches, now Volkswagen has announced that it is working to not only capture new ideas in the areas of fleet management, car sharing, navigation and more, but will be providing the teams that are successful in their pitches with space in the Transparent Factory in Dresden.

AWD as Needed from GKN

March 22, 2017 at 6:09 AM

This is what the GKN Driveline all-wheel-drive (AWD) Disconnect system for small to medium-sized vehicles—it is a scalable architecture—looks like: The system is designed so that when a vehicle is in steady-state cruising the clutch system disengages the rear section of the driveline.

Buying a Car from a Vending Machine

March 21, 2017 at 6:31 AM

Although used-car shopping is something that we don’t ordinarily cover, this is a bit too, well, bizarre to overlook: The Carvana Car Vending Machine.

Ford’s Approach to Additive Manufacturing

March 20, 2017 at 6:30 AM

Although 3D printing has become something that is hip an almost artisanal among the digital cognoscenti and within the maker movement, there is the set that contains 3D printing as a subset—additive manufacturing—which is something that is being pursued in earnest by a number of mass manufacturers in order to achieve parts and products the likes of which would be difficult if not completely impossible to produce with conventional methods.

Simulating Motorcycle Handling

March 17, 2017 at 5:50 AM

Although this may appear to be a rather sophisticated video game, it is actually what’s claimed to be the “world’s first vehicle dynamics grade” driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulator for doing things like creating chassis setups.

GM Is Down with Diesels

March 16, 2017 at 6:20 AM

General Motors is one company that is clearly embracing the diesel engine.

Pitching ZF

March 15, 2017 at 6:02 AM

As vehicles become more automated, the technology that’s going to make that happen—hardware and software alike—is more than likely going to come from the supply base, not from the OEMs.

Lincoln in F Major

March 14, 2017 at 6:20 AM

Lincoln is taking the opportunity to redefine what “luxury” means for the customer, which is more about elegance than lap times at a German track.

The High Costs of Nearly Nothing

March 13, 2017 at 6:45 AM

On Friday, Volkswagen pled guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and an import crime in U.S. federal court.

Bentley Bentayga Mulliner: Crystal & 600 hp

March 09, 2017 at 5:29 AM

For those of you who are not up on your 18th or 19th-century British history, you may not know that in 1897 HJ Mulliner established the coach building firm H.J.

Toyota Catching Air

March 08, 2017 at 6:22 AM

There is a growing concern among automakers that young people just aren’t as keen on driving as those automakers—as in people who are generally north of 45—find that even their own children, kids who have grown up with a highly satisfactory lifestyle thanks to the existence of cars and trucks, are largely indifferent to driving or, in some cases, even getting a license.

Designworks at Work

March 07, 2017 at 6:15 AM

It is rather ordinary to say that BMW Group subsidiary designs vehicles.