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.

Robotic Tape System Developed

January 16, 2019 at 11:13 AM

Masking tape has its genesis in the automotive body shop, back in the 1920s when an employee of 3M watched painters have difficultly removing the paper that they had affixed to vehicles to “mask” portions of the cars from the paint that was being applied.

2019 NACTOY: How We Got There

January 15, 2019 at 6:17 AM

The North American International Car, Truck and Utility (NACTOY) Awards were presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit yesterday.

Kia Considers Gestures

January 14, 2019 at 6:18 AM

As fans of Mandrake the Magician will recall, he had the ability to “gesture hypnotically” and make things happen.

The New Explorer & Everything That’s Old Is. . .

January 11, 2019 at 2:20 PM

As we await the sixth-generation 2020 Ford Explorer, it is interesting to note how there are some things coincident with its past and today. 2020 Ford Explorer The first two generations of the vehicle, which was launched in 1990, were based on the Ford Ranger platform. 2019 Ford Ranger The Ranger went out of production at the end of 2011.

Mazda Steel Stamping Breakthrough

January 11, 2019 at 8:24 AM

As vehicle manufacturers look for the ways to save mass in vehicle structures, the amount of advanced high-strength steels used is increasing.

How to Make a Favorite SUV Even More Favorable: 2020 Ford Explorer

January 10, 2019 at 1:22 PM

A remarkable thing about the Ford Explorer is that for so many years—it was introduced in 1990 as a ’91 model year vehicle—it has been rolling along with its three rows, often full of families, and nameplates tend not to have this sort of longevity, nor a vehicle such popularity.

BMW Uses Fabric Skin Again

January 10, 2019 at 6:45 AM

In 2008 BMW revealed a concept vehicle that was unusual in that the body panels weren’t made from steel, aluminum or composites but, rather, a fabric that was fitted over an underlying metal frame.

HERE Is Some Revenue

January 09, 2019 at 6:52 AM

With the drive toward more technology in vehicles that must be kept up at a consumer electronics freshness pace, not the classic “let’s wait until the midcycle refresh” one, OEMs are faced with a variety of challenges, not the least of which is a financial one: How can they generate some revenue from tech?

What’s C-V2X?

January 08, 2019 at 6:44 AM

While you might not think about Ducati, Ford and Audi in the same context (OK, they all provide vehicles, but there are differences between motorcycles, mass market vehicles and premium products) but the three companies were literally—or perhaps that should be digitally—linked together via C-V2X technology from Qualcomm.

Exceedingly Important Mobility

January 07, 2019 at 10:20 AM

When people related to the auto industry talk about “mobility,” typically this has something to do with some ride hailing service or new logistics-based app.

Engineering the Tesla Model 3. And More.

January 07, 2019 at 6:15 AM

Generally, the people who do competitive benchmarking via comprehensive teardowns don’t become particularly well known.

Design and Evolution

January 04, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Not exactly Darwinism, but an approach where change in process can reap benefits. Chris Chapman talks about how better designs can come to be.