Bad press in America couldn't kill it. The fall of the Soviet Union couldn't kill it. The NATO bombing the factory to the ground couldn't kill it. And guess what, the Yugos are still kicking in one Eastern Europe country.
What's going on here, exactly? We have a Zaztava 101 — a Fiat derivative from the good folks that gave us the Yugo — driving itself happily on a beach, meandering around until it finds one of those beach cellists. Got it.
I gave that ditch a Yugo. Ditches love Yugos.
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I have a story coming out early next week about a car with a surprising tie to Yugo, the infamous hatchback built in Serbia by Zastava and imported to the U.S. by entrepreneur and madman Malcolm Bricklin. Until then, here's MotorWeek's 1986 take on the car.
Every generation or so some smart guys came along who figured out how to make basic transportation at an affordable price. According to this vintage commercial the "smart guys" who created the Yugo would have you believe next in line after a Model T or a Volkswagen Beetle was the Yugo.
It may be hard to fathom, but during its 6-year dalliance here Yugo sold over one hundred and forty thousand cars in the U.S.. For today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe contest we have eight Yugos - one for each side of an octagon. But will their package price prove a similarly shaped stop sign?
These are Yugos turned into race cars. Yes, Yugos. Yes, race cars. Raced by Serbians in Serbia, they are proper track cars with roll cages, and the action is positively ferocious.
When I first saw the above clip from IFC's "Ha Ha White People" comedy Portlandia I was certain it was product placement (Subaru confirmed this), even if the universe of Portlandia is the kind of place where almost everyone has a favorite Ethiopian restaurant and drives a Prius or a Subaru. It's just a little too…
We've reached the end of the automotive Internet, my friends. Someone switch off the lights on the way out. You see, what we have here is one ludicrous, but sort of apt pairing of vehicles. And I can't look away.
I'm coming out of NPOCP retirement for this one; sure, Graverobber's being doing a helluva job, but after reading The Rise And Fall Of The Worst Car In History, I feel compelled to put this dilemma to a vote.
How badly do you want a Yugo? Not that badly? Would you take three for less than a thousand dollars? No? We wouldn't, either. Or maybe we would. Hell, they're all red. How can you say no to that?
The biggest engine Yugo ever offered possessed 65HP. This one probably has significantly less but it managed nearly three minutes of burnout time before cording and blowing both tires. We're loving the open-differential one-wheel-peels too.
Admit it: The Yugo is strangely fascinating. Jason Vuic's book Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History is equally fascinating. Wired.com recently spoke with Vuic about the car's legacy. —Ed.
As author Jason Vuic points out in The Yugo's introduction, the Yugo wasn't really the worst car in history. How did it capture the role of Worst Car Ever in the mind of most Americans? This excellent book explains all!