Gary S. Vasilash

Gary S. Vasilash


Gary S. Vasilash is the founding editor of Automotive Design & Production (AD&P) magazine, a publication established in 1997 by the then-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 is cohost, with automotive journalist John McElroy, on a weekly webcast, “Autoline After Hours,” where they, joined by leading automotive and business journalists, interview leaders in the global auto industry.

Vasilash has more than 30 years of experience writing about the automotive industry, best practices and new technologies. His work has appeared in a variety of venues, ranging from Car and Driver to Autoblog to The Wall Street Journal. He has made numerous presentations at a variety of venues ranging from the annual meeting of the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Vasilash is one of 50 automotive journalists who is a juror for the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) Awards.

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 (now Gardner Business Media) 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.


Technology, Autonomy & Accessibility

July 03, 2019 at 1:51 PM

Can autonomous vehicles perform their tasks better than human drivers? At some point the answer to that is an unambiguous “yes.”

Crash Tests in Europe and the Tesla Model 3

July 03, 2019 at 8:34 AM

The Euro NCAP tests on the Tesla Model 3 ought to give Elon something to Tweet about

The Unstately (But Remarkable) Performance of Bentley

July 01, 2019 at 8:41 AM

Who knew that a Bentley could be so brisk—and bold?

The Globe from the Powertrain Perspective

July 01, 2019 at 6:30 AM

Although there are some who think that the internal combustion engine (ICE) is doomed, that it is gasping its last intake sequence and will soon be completely exhausted, James Martin, Senior Research Analyst, Powertrain and Compliance, IHS Markit, is not one of them.

MONET Gains More Traction

June 29, 2019 at 9:03 AM

MONET Technologies was established last February as a joint venture between SoftBank and Toyota to address three business domains: (1) on-demand mobility services; (2) data-analysis services; (3) autonomous vehicle mobility services (which they’re calling “Autono-MaaS,” with the “MaaS” being “Mobility as a Service”). These undertakings align well with the two companies, as SoftBank is a telecom and tech company (and an investor in a multitude of advanced tech companies) and Toyota, of course, builds mobility devices (a.k.a,, vehicles). (Image: MONET) If there is one thing that is certain about creating autonomous, connected, shared services and vehicles it is that the undertaking is staggeringly expensive.

Volvo Trucks to Invest $400-million in Manufacturing

June 28, 2019 at 11:11 AM

How do you assure a better future? By investing in it. That’s what Volvo Trucks is doing.

California, Canada and Counting Cars

June 28, 2019 at 6:20 AM

According to widely accepted statics, if California was a country, it would have the fifth largest economy in the world.

ZF and AKC

June 26, 2019 at 10:50 AM

Rear steering can provide big benefits. And ZF is building lots of them.

See What McLaren Automotive Has Developed

June 26, 2019 at 6:55 AM

There are two extraordinary capabilities of McLaren Automotive: its ability to design and its mastery of lightweight material utilization.

American Made

June 25, 2019 at 1:57 PM

People who make their living in the auto industry probably won’t be surprised, but some others will be when they look at the ranking of the most “American-made” vehicles.

VW and CNG

June 25, 2019 at 11:50 AM

Electric cars are coming. CNG cars are here right now.

FCA Adds Uconnect Market: Shopping on the Road

June 25, 2019 at 6:10 AM

While there are several people who are concerned that their car will be hacked in a way analogous to that executed by researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek of a reporter’s Jeep Cherokee for an article in Wired, let’s face it: he was a reporter for Wired who was writing about what those guys could do, not some random person who was on their way to work.