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.

Ford For Your Health

April 20, 2018 at 6:53 AM

When it comes to the new van-based transportation services that are popping up in places like San Francisco, it pretty much seems as though they’re about taking employees from some startup in SoMa to a restaurant in the Ferry Building.

Porsche Posters

April 19, 2018 at 6:01 AM

This coming Sunday in Torrance, California (the city where Toyota’s U.S.

Living in MINI

April 18, 2018 at 6:55 AM

Although the Salone del Mobile, which is being held in Milan, sounds as though it might have something to do with the auto industry, and although MINI is hosting an exhibit there, translated it means “furniture expo.” No, it’s not about mobility.

Bugatti and Telemetry

April 17, 2018 at 6:01 AM

Imagine that if you were driving along in your car and got a phone call from a service technician telling you the pressure in your left front tire was a bit low and should be brought up to spec at the next convenient time.

Ford Going Fast

April 17, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Ford estimates that SUV sales could be half of all retail sales in the U.S. by 2020.

Toyota Commits Big to DSRC

April 16, 2018 at 2:57 PM

Toyota has announced a major move toward increased safety for its Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles, as Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America announced that starting in 2021 it will begin deploying Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) systems in its vehicles.

Engineering the 2019 Jeep Cherokee

April 16, 2018 at 6:13 AM

The Jeep Cherokee, which was launched in its current manifestation as a model year 2014 vehicle, and which has just undergone a major refresh for MY 2019, is nothing if not a solid success.

SUR/FIN in Cleveland

April 12, 2018 at 8:49 AM

If you’re involved in surface finishing (yes, we are getting rather specific and technical here), as in processes including plating, polishing, anodizing and coating, for purposes ranging from corrosion and abrasion resistance to thermal management, then you really ought to consider traveling to Cleveland June 4 to 6 to attend an event hosted by the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), SUR/FIN.* According to NASF, surface finishing is a $28-billion industry, and auto is a significant part of that.

Lambo on Two Wheels

April 11, 2018 at 6:58 AM

While it isn’t clear what the price of the e-bikes that Automobili Lamborghini will start selling in May is, odds are good that they’ll be more affordable than the least expensive Lambo, which starts at about $200,000.

New Turbo Camaro Launched

April 09, 2018 at 8:18 PM

According to Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Camaro, “We have a lot of engineers who come to our company because they want to work on the Corvette and the Camaro.” Speaking of the development of the Gen 6 Camaro, which is the current version, “My Camaro team worked very closely with the GT4 Camaro team.” Meaning that there was a whole lot of racing technology thought of even for Camaros that will go no faster than a few miles per hour above the speed limit on a freeway.

Evolve Advances Additive—Manufacturing

April 09, 2018 at 6:12 AM

If you’re interested in additive manufacturing—even interested while fully thinking that you really need some reasonable production volumes, say of 15,000 to 20,000 parts, and know that what’s out there right now pretty much is limited to a fraction of that number—then here’s an acronym to know: STEP, and a company to stay aware of: Evolve Additive Solutions.

Looking at the 2019 Malibu

April 06, 2018 at 8:19 AM

Brian Smith, exterior design manager for Chevrolet passenger cars and crossovers, says that the 2019 Malibu has undergone “what we call an MCM—a midcycle major, a refresh, including a new front fascia, grilles, lighting, new taillamps on rear for up level trims, new rear fascia lower and new exhaust tips that we’ve pulled to the corners, to stretch them out a little bit. “The overall goal for us was to make the car more premium.” Malibu Premier And the top trim level Malibu is called the “Premier,” so the premium-ness is part and parcel of the fundamental vehicle itself.