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Bye-bye Yugo!  
User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2245 posts, RR: 9
Posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5412 times:

After a very, very long time, the last symbol of old Yugoslavia - the YUGO car, will not be produced any more. This is probably one of the very last symbols of a great country that was the former Yugoslavia.



Today, Fiat became the majority shareholder of Zastava Automobili, the company that produced the YUGO since the 80's. All Zastava models get the "boot", to be replaced by Fiat models on the production lines, including the 500, the new Uno and another model to be announced.






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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13193 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5369 times:

Probably Fiat is taking over Zavasta so they have a cheap labor location to build their smaller and thinner profit margin cars for lower income markets and to be more competitve with Eastern Euro, Korean and in the near future China made cars.
I remember the 'Yugo' well in their time in the USA. Crappy but cheap cars.


User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2245 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5353 times:



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 1):
Probably Fiat is taking over Zavasta so they have a cheap labor location

 checkmark  Definitely. Right,smack in the centre of Europe, at a good price with generous subsidies and tax breaks.

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 1):
to build their smaller and thinner profit margin cars for lower income markets and to be more competitve with Eastern Euro

Not quite, on the contrary, they are planning the production of hundreds of thousands of cars per year - and the best sellers at it. Apparently the current global production of Fiat 500 in Poland will shift to Serbia.



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6162 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5345 times:
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Those babies were turds. They were only sold in the USA for two or three model years. I remember the TV ads for them. "The most standard features of any car in its class" and "get a little freedom, get a YUGO!". The last Yugo I saw on the road was in Mannsfield, Ohio in 2004. before that I saw my last one in 1995 in Warensburg, Missouri. I found a non running Yugo in a garage in metro Detroit a few years ago. It was in great shape and I am sure I could have got it running (it hadn't moved since 1990), with a little work. I thought it would be a great conversation piece. I decided against it because I figured parts would hard to get.

In 1989 a woman died when her Yugo blew off the Mackinac bridge in Michigan.

Yugos sold in the USA were the GV and GVX. The GVX was the sport model it had fog lights and a neat little scoop on the hood. It was also sold as a convertible model.



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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5314 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 3):
It was in great shape and I am sure I could have got it running (it hadn't moved since 1990), with a little work. I thought it would be a great conversation piece. I decided against it because I figured parts would hard to get.

Pretty much the same thing as what they called the Fiat 128 (127??) I think. I have about 600 miles of Yugo right seat time in my logbook underneath the 1200 miles of Borgward Isabella right seat time and the 600 miles of Citroen DS19 right seat time.

I did own a 128 for a while and aside from the general cheapness sof execution it was a fun economical car to drive and ratrace through the backwoods of western New Jersey over near Frenchtown.

Fact is, I've got a helluva lot more flathead Ford pilot time than all of them put together. My 1950 business coupe that I bought for $25 saw to that.


User currently offlineTripleDelta From Croatia, joined Jul 2004, 1124 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5284 times:
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The end of a classic. Wasn't much of a car per se, but as an icon it was unsurpassed. Many drivers got their... hmm... wheels on one of those. The streets used to be flooded with em...

And we mustn't forget the old Yugo Florida... that actually looked okay, but I'd still go for the boxy classic one Big grin. It could actually do well as a weekend car, it'd certainly turn more heads than a BMW...

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 4):
I did own a 128 for a while and aside from the general cheapness sof execution it was a fun economical car to drive and ratrace through the backwoods of western New Jersey over near Frenchtown.

My family had one. Usually they were built completely in-country, but ours was manufactured in Italy and assembled in Serbia for some reason. A nice, simple and reliable car...



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User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2659 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5244 times:

Dougloid: Pretty much the same thing as what they called the Fiat 128

Not, it was a different car. The Fiat 128 was a small 4-door sedan. The Yugoslavian version of it was called Zastava 1300.


User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5222 times:



Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 6):
Dougloid: Pretty much the same thing as what they called the Fiat 128

Not, it was a different car. The Fiat 128 was a small 4-door sedan. The Yugoslavian version of it was called Zastava 1300.

I thought they were awfully similar. Still not a bad set of wheels. I got mine from a guy who was a commercial artist and bought a new one every year. He was smarter than me.


User currently offlineA332 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5222 times:

Every time I hear about a Yugo, I always think of that Simpsons episode, Mr. Plow, where Homer is out shopping for a new vehicle and stumbles upon 'Crazy Vlaclav's Place of Automobiles'...

"She'll go 300 hectares on a single tank of kerosene"

"Put it in "H"..."

 Wink



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User currently onlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26785 posts, RR: 75
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5200 times:

Yugos were so cheap to build that they decided to undercut the cheapest car sold at the time in the US, the Hyundai Excel, by $1000

Quoting JoKeR (Thread starter):

Today, Fiat became the majority shareholder of Zastava Automobili, the company that produced the YUGO since the 80's. All Zastava models get the "boot", to be replaced by Fiat models on the production lines, including the 500, the new Uno and another model to be announced.

Well, remember that the Zastava Koral (the Yugo) was mostly Fiat anyway.

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 3):
They were only sold in the USA for two or three model years

Actually, it lasted a whole 6 model years.

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 6):
Not, it was a different car. The Fiat 128 was a small 4-door sedan. The Yugoslavian version of it was called Zastava 1300.

The Yugo/Koral was indeed built on the underpinnings of the Fiat 127/128 family. The body, however, was based on the Autobianchi A112

[Edited 2008-09-29 09:27:15]


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User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2659 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5159 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
The Yugo/Koral was indeed built on the underpinnings of the Fiat 127/128 family. The body, however, was based on the Autobianchi A112

Really? It resembles the Fiat 127, not the A112.

Autobianchi A112: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Autobianchi_A112.jpg

Fiat 127: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Fiat_127_1_v_sst.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Yugo.jpg


User currently onlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26785 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5136 times:



Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 10):

Really? It resembles the Fiat 127, not the A112.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yugo



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User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5114 times:



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 1):
Probably Fiat is taking over Zavasta so they have a cheap labor location to build their smaller and thinner profit margin cars for lower income markets and to be more competitve

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FIAT cars already are produced under licence by Murat in Turkey and Nasr in Egypt, so that the Zavasta is a nice add-on
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User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2659 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5065 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 1):
Probably Fiat is taking over Zavasta so they have a cheap labor location to build their smaller and thinner profit margin cars for lower income markets and to be more competitve

-
FIAT cars already are produced under licence by Murat in Turkey and Nasr in Egypt, so that the Zavasta is a nice add-on
-


Gentlemen, it's Zastava (flag), not Zavasta


User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5527 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5056 times:

The Yugo reminds me of that SNL (Saturday Night Live) commerical parody of the Adobe. The Adobe (a sticker price of $179) was made entirely of clay, it combines German engineering and Mexican know-how.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40065 posts, RR: 74
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5048 times:

So long Yugo!

I saw a mint condition driving downtown San Francisco last year.

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 14):
The Yugo reminds me of that SNL (Saturday Night Live) commerical parody of the Adobe. The Adobe (a sticker price of $179) was made entirely of clay, it combines German engineering and Mexican know-how.

The car used in that ad was a Renult LeCar with clay on top of it.



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User currently offlineKingAir200 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1630 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5027 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 3):
In 1989 a woman died when her Yugo blew off the Mackinac bridge in Michigan.

My favorite Big Mac story. Over Yugo! Hehehe.



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User currently offlineNWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3403 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5008 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
I saw a mint condition driving downtown San Francisco last year.

There was one in my old neighborhood that was completely tricked out. Rims, ground effects, the whole nine... It was definitely, um, "interesting."



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40065 posts, RR: 74
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5005 times:



Quoting NWAESC (Reply 17):
There was one in my old neighborhood that was completely tricked out. Rims, ground effects, the whole nine... It was definitely, um, "interesting."

The one I saw looked as if it just rolled off the assembly line.
You could tell this guy loved his Yugo.
It was refreshing to see instead of the boring sea of Civics, Accords, Prius, VW Beatles, Mini Coopers and BMWs you commonly see here in SFO.



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User currently offlineGuitrThree From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2059 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4990 times:

Horrible video.. the cars aren't even right in it..

but a Parody by Paul Shanklin about the Yugo titled:

"A Liberal Guy n Gal buy a Yugo."




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User currently offlineAlexEU From Nauru, joined Oct 2007, 1824 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4884 times:

Yugo is a legend, but I won't miss it, since we have a lot of Yugo's in Serbia. Btw, I think that Zastava 101 ''Stojadin'' is even a greater classic when it comes to Zastava, or perhaps ''Fica'' (zastava 750)...

User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2245 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4830 times:

Anyone remember the brand new Yugo Cabrio for sale in the US for US$20K!  Wow!



The shape of the Yugo Cabrio always reminded me of the Golf MkII Cabriolet




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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6162 posts, RR: 29
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4639 times:
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For some reason I can't quote any text on this thread!

But I said earlier that I last saw a running Yugo in 2004 in Mannsfield, Ohio. Well I have an update. I saw a Yugo on Saturday morning in Taylor, Michigan, just down the road from my house. It was in very nice shape (which is odd for any twenty year old car in my neighborhood) and was black with a red pin stripe. I think it was the GVX model. It must belong to a visitor because If the owner lived in my neighborhood I think I would have seen it before.

N1120A,

I only remember them in the USA 86-88. However I do remember 89 models in late 88. I lived in Colorado at the time and maybe I only remember those years because that is the years they were in that market. As you can imagine those things were pitiful at high altitude.

If I'm not mistaken didn't Malcolm Bricklin have something to do with bringing the Yugo to the USA ?



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User currently onlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26785 posts, RR: 75
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4519 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 22):

If I'm not mistaken didn't Malcolm Bricklin have something to do with bringing the Yugo to the USA ?

Bricklin was the guy who brought the Yugo to the US.



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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4507 times:

Not sold in Sweden, anyway the Fiats could probably be sold all over Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia, a market with about 20 million inhabs?

25 Oa260 : Good for Serbia if it brings jobs and adds to the economy. I love the new Fiat 500 BTW. Yugos served a purpose at the time but like everything else t
26 TylerDurden : There is one Yugo in Houston in pristine condition with the bumper sticker: "Yugo--Car Without A County" Ugly car. Clever sticker.
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