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Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:21 am

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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:25 am

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.
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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:59 am



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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:21 pm

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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:05 pm



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.
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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:56 pm

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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:34 pm

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.
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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:00 pm



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.
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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:03 pm

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'...

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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:26 pm

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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:34 pm



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
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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:13 pm



Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 10):

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yugo
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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:03 pm



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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:58 pm

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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:15 pm

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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:27 pm

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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:10 pm



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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:43 pm



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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Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:48 pm



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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:01 pm

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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:09 pm

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)...
 
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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:13 pm

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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:58 am

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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:01 pm



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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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:40 pm

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?
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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:59 pm



Quoting JoKeR (Reply 2):
  Definitely. Right,smack in the centre of Europe, at a good price with generous subsidies and tax breaks.

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 things change. So from a nostalgic way its sad to see them go .
 
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RE: Bye-bye Yugo!

Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:26 pm

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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