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 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.

Safety for AV Activities

May 13, 2019 at 1:18 PM

In an automated vehicle, people aren’t necessarily going to be sitting in as orderly a manner as in today’s vehicles. So what’s a safety system supplier to do?

What to Know About Automated Driving Made Interesting

May 13, 2019 at 6:26 AM

“As technology continues to progress, so does our ability to improve products. At Toyota, we do not pursue innovation simply because we can; we pursue it because we should.”

Continental and Change

May 10, 2019 at 8:39 AM

“After 2030, the last generation of diesel and gasoline engines will be launched. After 2040, it is possible that no more diesel and gasoline engines will be sold. From 2050, roads and cities will ideally be free of CO2 emissions.”

The NIO PAL by LAYER: A Scooter You’d Covet

May 10, 2019 at 6:14 AM

If you think about electric scooters for urban transport you might have in mind some mangled and abandoned objects that you’ve seen littering the sidewalks in major metropolises.

Energy at Honda Manufacturing

May 09, 2019 at 1:32 PM

The Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America plant in Russells Point, Ohio, which produces more than 850,000 transmissions per year, is the first automotive transmission manufacturing facility in the U.S. to earn the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.

Serious Student Design: The Kids Are More Than Alright

May 09, 2019 at 6:19 AM

“We are always impressed by the next generation of talent that competes in the annual Drive for Design contest, but this year our expectations were vastly surpassed based on the level of comprehensive artwork submitted.”

Volkswagen Introduces ID.3: If You’re In Europe, Get In Line

May 08, 2019 at 8:47 AM

In case you’re wondering, the name of the first electric vehicle that Volkswagen is rolling out as part of its massive electrification program is ID.3. One benefit of early ID.3 adopters: free electricity for the first year, up to 2,000 kWh.

Aluminum Sheet for EV Battery Enclosure

May 08, 2019 at 6:34 AM

As the number of electric vehicles (EVs) is about to increase almost exponentially, aluminum supplier Novelis is preparing to provide customers—be they OEMs or suppliers—with solutions, not only such things as aluminum sheet products for closures, but the company has developed what it says is the first-ever aluminum-sheet battery enclosure.

Ford’s Global 3D Model

May 07, 2019 at 7:15 AM

Gravity Sketch is a 3D virtual reality tool that allows designers to go directly to 3D modeling, with gestures taking the place of a stylus and tablet. Ford designers find the Co-Creation feature particularly useful, as this allows designers in studios around the world to be able to interact with the “same” 3D model.

Market, Tech, Positioning, Product and More

May 06, 2019 at 6:46 AM

Once upon a time, automakers used to provide 10-day sales numbers. But as time has gone on, GM decided to go quarterly, then this year Ford followed suit, and now FCA has decided that with its April reporting, it, too, will go for the quarter not the month.

Designing the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

May 03, 2019 at 3:38 PM

When you’re going to have your fastest street-legal car, you’re making sure that it looks the part—and then some.

Why Is a Vehicle Introduced in 2011 Relevant Right Now?

May 03, 2019 at 2:23 PM

While there is certainly an almost unprecedented transformation in vehicles occurring, a research project that commenced in 2009 has some big implications for OEMs still today. It has to do with steel.