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.

Nissan Helping National Parks: Trucks Like Trees

February 01, 2019 at 3:03 PM

“Calling All TITANS” is a marketing initiative that Nissan created last fall to organize an affinity group among owners of the Titan pickup.

What the VW ID. BUGGY Indicates

January 31, 2019 at 8:07 AM

Volkswagen will be presenting a concept, the ID. BUGGY, a contemporary take on a dune buggy, based on the MEB electric platform that the company will be using for a wide array of production vehicles, at the International Geneva Motor Show.

An Important Achromatic Color for Cars

January 31, 2019 at 7:54 AM

The BASF Coatings Div. conducts an annual global survey of the color distribution across the automotive market and it seems as though when it comes to the color of choice, the consumers are rather vanilla in their selection, as white is the color of choice by a non-trivial amount compared to the number-two selection, black: 41 percent vs. 16 percent.

Is the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE a Transformer?

January 30, 2019 at 11:02 AM

As fans of the “Transformer” franchise know, one of the robots, Bumblebee, is a Camaro, which leads me to wonder whether the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE is an Autobot.

Peugeot EV: 78 Years Ago

January 30, 2019 at 7:49 AM

Although you’ve not been able to get a new Peugeot in the U.S. since 1991, Larry Dominque, PSA Group North America CEO, is methodically working to bring back PSA products to the market, possibly Peugeots (the Group also includes Citroën, Opel, Vauxhall, and DS Automobiles). While they’re working on getting some traction, they’ve introduced the carsharing app Free2Move, which allows people to access vehicles, for now, in the Washington, DC, market, presumably in an effort to let legislators who may not be familiar with global competition to get their toes wet on the subject.

Additive Manufacturing Hoonigan-Style

January 29, 2019 at 10:59 AM

Ken Block, rally driver extraordinaire with the Hoonigan Racing Division, the Paganini of the Pavement, has ripped up streets in all manner of Ford products, from Mustangs to Fiesta to Foci, and for his latest endeavor, “Gymkhana Ten: The Ultimate Tire Slaying Tour,” he is behind the wheel of the Hoonitruck, a 1977 F-150 powered by a 914-hp, 702-lb-ft 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 (yes, the same type of engine that is used in the Ford GT), which generates copious amounts of rubbery smoke from the Toyo 315/35R20s.

Autostadt: For the Love of Cars

January 29, 2019 at 7:22 AM

The Autostadt complex in Wolfsburg, Germany, is a facility that speaks to car culture in a way that few other things anywhere in the world does.

TPM Comes to Cars

January 28, 2019 at 3:51 PM

If you are reading this on a contemporary computer running Windows 10, there is a TPM running—a Trusted Platform Module—which is, according to Microsoft a “secure crypto-processor that is designed to carry out cryptographic operations.” At its most basic it is a means by which there are “keys” that allow digital access.

Another Sign of Electrification: Production Capacity

January 28, 2019 at 8:07 AM

This is a picture of a diecasting setup taken on the inside of a new €35-million, 5,000 square-meter factory extension of a factory in Neckarsulm, Germany, a facility of KS HUAYU AluTech GmbH, a company that is a 50:50 joint venture of Rheinmetall Automotive KG of Germany and HUAYU Automotive Systems, a member of China’s SAIC Group.

PwC Says 2018 a Big Year for Big Deals

January 24, 2019 at 10:53 AM

According to a new study of deals in the auto industry in 2018—as in acquisitions—conducted by PwC, even though the deal volume (903 for the year) was flat compared with 2017, the total deal value—$97.5-billion—was up 101 percent compared to 2017, in large part because nearly all of the acquirers “were focused on product expansion (buyers better positioning themselves for the vehicles of the future) or driving economies of scale.” Of the deals, there were what PwC describes as “mega-deals,” which were valued at $5-billion and over.

Clean Factory in Stuttgart

January 24, 2019 at 7:04 AM

One of the consequences of creating an electric vehicle, the Taycan, on Porsche goes well beyond the styling and performance of the vehicle itself.

Car Colours in the U.K.

January 23, 2019 at 6:47 AM

Given the seemingly dire state of affairs that is quite possibly going to occur in the U.K. given the inability to decide just how Brexit is going to be orchestrated so as not to cause massive problems to the economy, it comes as a bit of a surprise that according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), a U.K. automotive trade association (on January 15, Mike Hawes, chief executive of the organization, stated, “The vote against the Brexit deal on the table brings us closer to the ‘no deal’ cliff edge that would be catastrophic for the automotive industry,” so you can see that things are rather desperate), while you might think that the U.K. car buyer might opt for black exterior paint, so as to reflect the situation, that’s not the case.