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.

Taylor: From Rolls to FAW

September 11, 2018 at 6:29 AM

FAW is a Chinese state-owned vehicle manufacturer that’s headquartered in Changchun, which is about 600 miles northeast of Beijing.

ZF and the Development of Tech for Autonomy

September 10, 2018 at 8:35 AM

As executive vp with global operational responsibility for the Global Electronics business and Occupant Safety Systems businesses within the ZF Active and Passive Safety Technology division of the ZF Group, Christophe Marnat has his proverbial plate full, especially nowadays when there are burgeoning efforts on behalf of OEMs and suppliers like ZF to develop the technologies that are related to ADAS, all the way to the point of providing Level 4 or Level 5 technology.

Why the Chevy Bison ZR2 Is Really Rugged

September 06, 2018 at 8:46 AM

Although you may not spend a whole lot of time thinking about steel, those who do know that there is a class of materials that are called “advanced high-strength steels” (AHSS) which make mere high-strength steels seem, well, not as strong.

Printing a Shock

September 06, 2018 at 6:12 AM

Although this shock absorber is just a demonstration device, its fabrication is rather clever as the materials company that made it, Covestro, used three different materials and three different 3D fabrication processes to make it: First, there’s the outer spring of the 40 x 7-cm part.

FCA Adds ADAS Capability to Chelsea

September 05, 2018 at 7:20 AM

At the end of May, the then-CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the late Sergio Marchionne, said, on the occasion of the announcement that up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans would be added to Waymo’s self-driving fleet, “FCA is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic.” Not unlike the situation with regard to electric vehicles, which Marchionne said was a money-loser except, perhaps, at the high end, it seemed that FCA was going to let GM with Cruise Automation and Ford with Argo AI make the huge investments for autonomous technology while it would work with Waymo and arguably let the Silicon Valley company do the heavy lifting.

What Do Owners Want: AutoPacific Announces IVAs

September 05, 2018 at 6:34 AM

One of the biggest questions that all product planners face is: What do people want?

Mercedes Unveils EQC, an Electric Crossover

September 04, 2018 at 1:30 PM

“A dawn for a new era of our company.” That’s how Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars, described the EQC at the vehicle’s official introduction at an event in Stockholm today. “It is the complete package,” he said, ticking of the boxes for design, usability, serviceability and convenience.

SAE and Autonomy

September 04, 2018 at 6:44 AM

Autonomous driving is one of those things that everyone has an opinion about but with which they have little first-hand experience.

Pink Cadillac

August 31, 2018 at 7:48 AM

In 1985 “Freeway of Love” was released by Aretha Franklin; it includes the lyric: “We goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love/In my pink Cadillac.” Aretha is being laid to rest today in Woodlawn Cemetery, which is located on Woodward Avenue—yes, the Woodward that is the street that had the first traffic signal installed in the U.S.; the same Woodward of the “Dream Cruise;” the same Woodward that so many auto engineers ran quarter-mile tests on back in the day—just south of Eight Mile—yes, that Eight Mile. 

Not a Chiron for the Kids

August 31, 2018 at 7:23 AM

Here, obviously, are two Bugatti Chirons: The one on the right appears to have a rather interesting textured skin.

TRATON: What’s in a Name?

August 30, 2018 at 10:57 AM

As of today, the company previously known as “Volkswagen Truck & Bus,” which encompasses the vehicle brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, and RIO, which had global sales in 2017 of 205,000 light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, is now known as TRATON AG.

Hennessey Engine: For Those Who Like Fast Metal

August 30, 2018 at 6:57 AM

For those who like shiny machined metal, following are photos of the Hennessey Special Vehicle team-developed engine that will go into the Venom F5.