Why Everyone Wanted the Worst Car in the World

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The Yugo is widely regarded as the worst car ever. It was poorly constructed, nowhere near reliable, and not so easy on the eyes. The Yugo was the butt of every joke and the junker in every garage. But for all its shortcomings, it sold like hotcakes when it arrived in the U.S. In this episode of Wheelhouse, Nolan tells the story of the Yugo's creation and makes the case for updating its reputation from worst car to huge success.
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Donut Media 11 օր առաջ
So I definitely got a big part of this story wrong: the assertion that Yugoslavia was part of the Soviet Union. This Is incorrect. In the West, this assumption can be traced back to Yugoslavia’s formation in 1943. During WWII, the Allies: The US, UK and USSR supported Yugoslavia’s fight against the fascist Axis occupation. We just kinda assumed they stayed allied with the USSR, but that’s not what happened. After the war, relations between Yugoslavia and the USSR fell apart, with Yugoslavia denouncing Stalinism completely and forming its own socialist government. Yugoslavia was in fact on the Western edge of the Iron Curtain, and maintained a delicate balancing act between Western and Eastern bloc countries. According to globalvoices.org “its independence from both the Eastern and the Western blocs was a key feature of its national identity.” I sincerely apologize for the error and for any offense it may have caused; and I will be more diligent and discerning in my research moving forward. Thanks for your time. -Nolan
Lazar Gligorijevic
Lazar Gligorijevic Ժամ առաջ
@Denis Vadovič You are wrong also. But allow me to preface my explanation with a note that the vast majority of people in former Yugoslavia are not bothered by description of Yugoslavia as an Eastern European country. Technically geographically Slovenia belongs to Central Europe region, but the rest of former Yugoslavia is located on Balkans peninsula, which along with the Apennine and Iberian peninsula makes the geographic region called Southern Europe. Thus, former Yugoslavia excluding Slovenia and Vojvodina was located in Southern Europe, not Central.
Lazar Gligorijevic
Lazar Gligorijevic Ժամ առաջ
Yep. Immediately after the WW2 pro-Russian sentiments were not very strong among the brass of CPY. And in 1948 came the Cominform resolution that called for Yugoslavs loyal to Russia to overthrow Tito. But Tito et al. dealt very ferociously with them. Going as far as establishing genuine concentration/re-eduction/hard labour camp at Goli Otok island for them. On a lighter note, do you know why improved Yugo had heaters on the "hatch" window? So your hands wouldn't freeze when you push it in the winter time. Side note, Yugo was named after the same trade wind as Scirocco. While the name of the wind is properly spelled "jugo", the name of the car was spelled with Y so it would sound more posh to foreign buyers. The fact that English speakers ended up instinctively pronouncing "jugo" correctly was an unintended consequence. Also the export to the US stopped because in 1992 there was a pause in production due to wars. Various parts were manufactured in various former Yugoslav republics. In Kragujevac, Serbia, Zastava's factory was doing only body panels and assembly.
Persona Callida
Persona Callida 3 օր առաջ
@Walnuts and Beastiality maybe you can afford one, idk too much about how much they are worth in the USA, here in Europe you can find them for about €1100 which translates to about 1300 USD. Doesn't say a lot about US value, but I don't think they're too expensive out there either.
Walnuts and Beastiality
Walnuts and Beastiality 3 օր առաջ
@Persona Callida Let me count the zeroes here, let's see... I have somewhere between $1600 and $2000 dollars
Persona Callida
Persona Callida 3 օր առաջ
@Walnuts and Beastiality Just search the used car market, if you want to find one in good condition. you could also try the scrapyard, if you can find replacement parts for one it's a cheaper option.
Robert Happ
Robert Happ Ժամ առաջ
My notoriously frugal dad bought one of these brand new when they first came out. It was the only car he bought new. (He did splurge and buy the extended warranty.) After owning it for several years, he gave it to my younger sister, who has a heavy right foot. She was pulled over for speeding in it and the policeman let her go with a warning because, and I quote, "I'll get laughed out of the station if I wrote a ticket on a Yugo." :-) That aside, contrary to the video claiming it couldn't hardly go up hills, although it was slow, it was fast enough for the mild hills in Southern Ohio. As for build quality, especially the interior, it was horrible, but have you ever seen the contemporary Chevy Chevette?
Sage Vidz
Sage Vidz 3 ժամ առաջ
i would still buy that car lmao
cringy pot
cringy pot 4 ժամ առաջ
DeadEndSquad RAY_Da_God21
DeadEndSquad RAY_Da_God21 14 ժամ առաջ
My aunt had o e of these lol
Kyle Rizok
Kyle Rizok 15 ժամ առաջ
My dad sold these in Canada. He said you would get three brand new ones off the truck and they would all have different wiring, no colour standards, grounds in random spots.
MooMan86 20 ժամ առաջ
Too bad they didn’t bring the Lada’s over here.
Michael Wolf
Michael Wolf 23 ժամ առաջ
Growing up in the 80's I remember the joke of "if you bought a Cadillac fleetwood, you got a free Yugo in the trunk". I also remember the Bricklin, ( what a piece of shit) I also remember the joke " Yugo 0-60 in 5.2 days".
dailydriVR tadic
dailydriVR tadic Օր առաջ
Why yugo had rear window heater? For your hands not to freeze when you push it when its cold
Shift Automotive
Shift Automotive Օր առաջ
お金(Okane)Haus Օր առաջ
Yugo? More like you-no-go... Alright. I'm done. 🚪🏃🏾
Here And Now
Here And Now Օր առաջ
A no-frills cheap car? Sounds like my '02 Cavalier.
Kole Starr
Kole Starr Օր առաջ
What do you call a mini van made my yugo A wego
Flo Mi
Flo Mi Օր առաջ
Enough is enough - don't make fun of Chumbawamba!
Cody Roden
Cody Roden Օր առաջ
Remind me to never let Nolan run a company for me, we go out of business and he’s like you know before people realized we sucked, we sure did have a good first year lol we really were a success lol 😂 . YUGOS are hilarious though so fun but a successful company and realistic for a driver not so much, they are a success as a retro throwback and something fun to have
Tarik Hodžić
Tarik Hodžić Օր առաջ
i am from Bosnien. YUGO is the best
Jesse Օր առաջ
A Lada....ha,ha!
Aleksa Katancevic
Aleksa Katancevic Օր առաջ
in serbia now you can probably buy a really good yugo for about a 100 bucks
Joseph Mattarossi
Joseph Mattarossi Օր առաջ
Went to a trade school 20+ years back. Someone had given one of the instructors a Yugo. On his way to the campus one day, it was involved in an accident. It got hit by a Harley. To quote the instructor: “You got 3 guesses to tell me which vehicle drove away from the accident, and if anyone says the Yugo, I’m docking you 50 points for stupidity”. Harley-Davidson 1, Yugo 0.
Game Cat
Game Cat Օր առաջ
Not a lot of yugo-ing more like yu-pushing -Bladed angle
David Petkovski
David Petkovski Օր առաջ
the yugo is the best car to learn to drive on
Dark Raider
Dark Raider Օր առաջ
Alkemyst Mk
Alkemyst Mk Օր առաջ
We in Italy had the Fiat panda or if you wanted to pay less the Seat Marbella both were cheap cars that needed cheap repairs but that generation loved these cars so much that the Fiat created the Panda 4x4
CACTUS 2 օր առաջ
you guys have so much people from balkan countires who follow this channel, why you just didnt ask someone to send u a voice message how to pronounce Kragujevac and Zastava :P Anyway, we read "c" as "tz", and we read everything as we write, simple as that Š = sh ć/č = ch
CACTUS 2 օր առաջ
if anyone is interested the text at 3:40 "ćao nema više, poslednji jugo iz lakirnice" means "Bye, no more. Last Yugo from paintshop"
Muhammed Badhusha
Muhammed Badhusha 2 օր առաջ
We have a similar one in India called Maruti Suzuki 800 its stiil in use.
Marin Plavetic
Marin Plavetic 2 օր առաջ
1:27 language lesson Kra-gu-je-vac The c is not spelked like k but just c for example like the c in france by just changing that you can spell the word correctly. If you don't belive me i literaly live in croatia And about zastava that was spelled corectly but the accent is over the first a and gets lower and faster by the end of the word If you want to spell croatian just speak as fast as possible and spell very literaly aka c is not k x and y do not exist and r is not arrr but the hard r. That should be some helpful advice to help you spell This aplies to russianand literaly any slav language.
Andrew Spragg
Andrew Spragg 2 օր առաջ
As soon as I saw the title I was like it’s gotta be the damn yugo. Rumor has it the rear window defrosters were out there so you could keep your hands warm when you were pushing it to the mechanic shop!
Spase Angelkoski
Spase Angelkoski 2 օր առաջ
Good video
Sean Gildea
Sean Gildea 2 օր առաջ
When we getting Hilow off-road
Jamie madden
Jamie madden 2 օր առաջ
Y’all gone do one on the 2016-2019 micra ?!?!!?
gusgiesel 2 օր առաջ
"Functional Fiat 127-derived potato car breaks sales record. Beaver fever consumes North America."
Teo Jovanov
Teo Jovanov 3 օր առաջ
Yugo but the car doesn't
Noah Morphew
Noah Morphew 3 օր առաջ
The yugo is the definition of a shitbox.
Kristian Gameplay
Kristian Gameplay 3 օր առաջ
Yugo is not the worst car on this planet, its only a usa movie propaganda against yugoslavia and yugoslavian socialistic system. This car is a legend and yugoslavia wasnt under soviet union when yugo was designed and produced.
David Jackson
David Jackson 3 օր առաջ
I think a Yugo makes a brief appearance in Die Hard With A Vengeance.
Mukund Shivakumar
Mukund Shivakumar 3 օր առաջ
Yugo: if "fuck you here's a car" was a company's sales tagline
Papa Smrk
Papa Smrk 3 օր առաջ
As we say... Yugo nije za dugo (yugi is not for long) at least you had back window warmer... so you weren't cold in winters when you had to push it XD
Stevan Pavicevic
Stevan Pavicevic 3 օր առաջ
Fun fact it was produced from 1980-2008. I'm from Serbia and it is crazy how many sold in USA :) Here it made sense because it was extremely cheap to maintain and everybody could do it. There were almost no repairs that costed more than 20 - 30 USD
Black Cat
Black Cat 3 օր առաջ
Wish you did that research beforehand but still cool
NTR_Inspire 3 օր առաջ
How to join the Donut underground? I already clicked on the link but it took me to the channel homepage.
Jeff Lee
Jeff Lee 3 օր առաջ
i drove one of these when the first came out
ilovemanunited 3 օր առաջ
The Volkswagen Golfs shitty cousin.
Jacob Sills
Jacob Sills 3 օր առաջ
0:30 lol like a Lada bad thing
James S
James S 3 օր առաջ
My friend bought a Yugo that was modified into a rally car, too bad it’s not running, lol
robert comas
robert comas 3 օր առաջ
So they gave everyone in a small town upstate ny a yugo. Drowning moana
GroovyHippie 3 օր առաջ
I still have 3 Yugo's 2 i bought complete as parts cars and 1 i did a complete restoration i drive it often i live were it don't snow so i can drive it all year long no neeed for heat awesome cars sort of lol but still fun cars none the less.
peter bukovec
peter bukovec 3 օր առաջ
The Simpson clip was not a Yugo, but a Trabant from DDR ;)
Willem 3 օր առաջ
I would like to see a vid on the Lada Niva
Urizen 3 օր առաջ
0:06 oh my god I’m wheezing
Huzzar Master
Huzzar Master 3 օր առաջ
"Yugo is the worst car ever" Trabant, ZAZ 966, Moskvich, Tarpan Honker, Syrena: Allow us to introduce ourselves.
Sherpa Dete
Sherpa Dete 3 օր առաջ
Yugo, but the car doesn't...
Nate R
Nate R 3 օր առաջ
I think the Yugo car wash picture made me laugh WAY more than it should've
SvenQ45 3 օր առաջ
Dunno if it still exists but here in Germany there was a car dealership that sold this car as new car and always lowered the prize. And nobody bought that car. Even after 20 or 25 years or so. 😁
ROBERT 3 օր առաջ
Greatw video, but the music doesn't quite fit, it's a bit distracting
The Dave Gamer
The Dave Gamer 3 օր առաջ
Lmao, I can hear my dad whispering “ you go(yugo) but it don’t”
M Walker
M Walker 3 օր առաջ
Yugo vs. LeCar
Jordan Reuter
Jordan Reuter 4 օր առաջ
Zastava is still a company and in fact have moved a portion of the company to the US in 2019. As the US is the largest purchaser of their product... Kalashnikov Rifles
Alex Hramovic
Alex Hramovic 4 օր առաջ
great episode, thanks man :)
Frenki 4 օր առաջ
If you go to Serbia today, you will see that there are still mostly poor people driving yugos.
Miljan 4 օր առաջ
If you hadn't bombed Serbia for no reason it might be Yugoslavia again today !! Which country are you going to bomb next with Biden Harris? Hungary??
AndREEEEE 4 օր առաջ
1:11 I loved that reference
Ludwik S
Ludwik S 4 օր առաջ
Looking at Americans being shocked what people can drive, knowing that in Poland everyone drove a Fiat 126 everywhere with families of 5 for 20 years throughout the 1970s and 1980s, makes me happy that you didn't have communism.
Nermin C.
Nermin C. 4 օր առաջ
Jugoslavia was not part of the Soviet block
Josh Black
Josh Black 4 օր առաջ
What's worse a Yugo or a Chevette?
Luka Derd
Luka Derd 4 օր առաջ
Hey that s balkan car dont say that is the worst car he is really good believe me i am from Balkan
Jesse Kraal
Jesse Kraal 4 օր առաջ
Americans making fun of the build quality of a European car? Hold my beer.
Jimbo Smederevo Serbia
Jimbo Smederevo Serbia 4 օր առաջ
Italian Engineer: Well we've done it boys, the worst car ever made, no one can beat this, let's go drink a lot of wine. Serbian guy in the corner: Izvinite
Matt Roberts
Matt Roberts 4 օր առաջ
A Camaro proves that capitalism rules
dustin brownlee
dustin brownlee 4 օր առաջ
Drowning Mona, anyone? That movie was written around the Yugo lmao
Emin Lika
Emin Lika 4 օր առաջ
Greeting from Montenegro, Yugo is the car I learned to drive when I was 12 years old. Shit car but for that money was worth it.
Seth Wooten
Seth Wooten 4 օր առաջ
Can you call it a glorified lawn mower if it never mowed lawns?
DR SensuBean
DR SensuBean 4 օր առաջ
Yep but damn they ate fun to juice up sense so light
kennedy singh
kennedy singh 5 օր առաջ
Not many of them came to Jamaica
Alexa Jovanovic
Alexa Jovanovic 5 օր առաջ
Wtf @donatmedia? Serbian map is not right you put one without Kosovo and Metohia! That is like you put a map of America without California or Alaska.
The Customer
The Customer 5 օր առաջ
Am I the only one that thinks 0-60mph in 14 seconds is actually pretty fast? 😂
M B 5 օր առաջ
I have a tee shirt with a Yugo on it, one of my favorites lol.
gardistasrpski989 5 օր առաջ
My first car is Yugo🙂
floppy fish281
floppy fish281 5 օր առաջ
Owner of a 1988 Yugo GVL here - it's a great car - mine has 41,000 miles. Yeah, it's cheap, it was also reliable but just cheaply made. the 1.1 Liter 4 cylinder engine is just fine, and yes, it can get up hills... Its NOT SUPPOSED TO BE A LUXURY CAR. IT WAS THE CHEAPEST CAR EVER SOLD IN THE US. (when adjusted for inflation) - And thank you Nolan for correcting your error that Yugoslavia is part of the USSR - I am 1/2 Serb and something like that we take great offense to. I appreciate your correction. Thanks for reading guys, Yugo for life! - Sincerely, a half american, half serb, Yugo owner.
Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson 5 օր առաջ
Well, it is basically a Fiat... which is still around for the same reason, just like Alfa Romeo... these are cheap Italian cars... and Italians can't make cheap cars...
Patrick Lynch
Patrick Lynch 5 օր առաջ
We also bombed the factory.
gardistasrpski989 5 օր առաջ
We never forgot this
philagethechef 5 օր առաջ
There was a Yugo convertible and the top of the line Yugo was called the gvx.
Pacino Gaming
Pacino Gaming 5 օր առաջ
your pronounce is so bad
lil layzie93
lil layzie93 5 օր առաջ
Capitalism > Communism.
Sarrus25 5 օր առաջ
I found an abandoned, 6-wheeled Yugo with a truck bed in the woods once. Cool stuff
King king
King king 5 օր առաջ
I'd say let's start saying "if things go yogo" instead of "if things go south." Wait...'yogo' means south!
The sinner Jim Whitney
The sinner Jim Whitney 6 օր առաջ
It was a success because it was dirt cheap and had a new car warranty, same as modern Kia garbage. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting three HEINOUS Kia Souls, no one would ever buy one if they didn’t cost like 11 grand new with a 100,000 mile warranty. They’re disposable, for people who don’t give one fifth of a fuck about cars, they just need to get around as inexpensively and painlessly as possible so they can worry about things they do care about, and when said warranty runs out, trade in for a new one. Frankly, American OEMs should build shitty econoboxes that suck and don’t cost anything rather than ‘badge-engineering’ import trash. Look how well the Escorts, Chevettes, and K-cars did back when we built those turds.
Alias SmithandJones
Alias SmithandJones 6 օր առաջ
where was Ralph Nader when American really needed him?
Dariune 6 օր առաջ
"There's no such thing as cheap and cheerful. It's cheap and nasty & expensive and cheerful.” ― Jeremy Clarkson
saxon_hale 6 օր առաջ
I high key want Russia to sell their cheaper cars here in America. Like if you had no money and needed a car, how about a Lada?
Almin 568
Almin 568 6 օր առաջ
You forgot golf 2
Milan Ludoski
Milan Ludoski 6 օր առաջ
Zna Batistuta sta valja.
Dark Killer
Dark Killer 6 օր առաջ
You should see yugo in rally
Bhagat 6 օր առաջ
World : Yugo GV Indians : Maruti 800 lmao 💀
M.T. O.
M.T. O. 6 օր առաջ
A Yugo was blown off the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.
Dariune 6 օր առաջ
like all horrible cars, it all started with a fiat
Leroy Jenkins
Leroy Jenkins 6 օր առաջ
I have one😢
ImTheMart 6 օր առաջ
Everyone : Yugo is shit Ex-yu people : peace was never an option Btw in ex yugoslavia countries there are still many of them driving around and they are actually reliable
Kanader C
Kanader C 6 օր առաջ
The only extra you could order your YUGO with is heated rear windows, to keep your hands warm when you had to push the car in the winter
Rok Lukman
Rok Lukman 6 օր առաջ
Could you americans name the other countries of yugoslavia
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