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Over a thousand Yugos were sold on its first day on sale in the United States. Motor Trend nominated it for its Import Car of the Year award. Fortune named it in one of a dozen Outstanding Products for 1985. Things went really well for the Yugo, right up until people actually got the car.

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Just remember, if it weren’t for Yugo, the Hyundai Excel wouldn’t have had a chance. Now it’s 2020 and Hyundai is a world recognized automaker with many good products. With that, I leave you with an excellent Excel: