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.

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.

Can Your Company Be Like Porsche?

May 03, 2019 at 2:15 PM

It is really quite remarkable that a comparatively small company can do so exceedingly well in the global auto market. Porsche seems, in effect, to be defying economic gravity.

GM’s First Great Design Chief

May 03, 2019 at 1:39 PM

William Knoedelseder’s Fins is a remarkable look at a remarkable designer, Harley Earl.

Cadillac’s Andrew Smith on Design

May 03, 2019 at 1:11 PM

“A Cadillac wants to be a simple, memorable statement,” says Andrew Smith of the brand he leads design for. And another characteristic: “Americanness.”

Saving the Manual (Sort Of)

May 02, 2019 at 6:20 AM

Aston Martin has announced that the Vantage AMR, which is powered by a 503-hp, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, is being equipped with a Graziano seven-speed manual transmission.



Micromobility Matters, It Seems

May 01, 2019 at 4:11 PM

"While DENSO is certainly concerned about the projected future decline of new car sales in the United States, we are also very excited about the growth possibilities offered by the new types of mobility that are being pioneered by startup companies around the world." 

Bicycles and Beyond

May 01, 2019 at 7:17 AM

According to NACTO, last year in the U.S. there were 84-million trips taken on bikes and scooters. What’s most notable about that figure is that it is more than twice as many trips as had been taken on micromobility services the previous year, which clearly indicates growth in that space.

2019 Lexus RC 350 F Sport AWD

April 30, 2019 at 6:30 AM

The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” isn’t exactly the sort of thing that someone who writes for a living feels really happy about, but when it comes to the Lexus RC 350 F Sport, thousands of words, indeed.

Bollinger Motors: The Craft Movement for the Auto Industry?

April 29, 2019 at 6:43 AM

Robert Bollinger is not your typical guy with an industrial design degree from Carnegie Mellon. Although he had hoped to study automotive design, that wasn’t in the cards.