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 Pred mesecem
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
Just Vasili
Just Vasili Pred 2 dnevi
you got it all wrong... at least the history part
Vlada 1
Vlada 1 Pred 4 dnevi
I was about to start ranting but i saw this comment 😌
Suza Koceva
Suza Koceva Pred 4 dnevi
@Building on a Budget Models Tito jedan jedini yugo is the best car ever created right after golf 2
serbian wolf gaming
serbian wolf gaming Pred 5 dnevi
You forgot that Kosovo is serbia.
swampertdeck Pred 7 dnevi
I thought yugoslavia in the ussr was weird. Lots of people went on vacation to yugoslavia in the '70s and '80s. Which they couldn't have if it was ussr. Thanks for the correction.
mra mtb
mra mtb Pred 5 urami
Hat er gerade Fussballtable gesagt 😅
Goja Pred 5 urami
You spelled zastava wrong. Its not zastAva its zAstava. I just wanted to say that.
Joni Alaniemi
Joni Alaniemi Pred 6 urami
If only they were sold in finland, Id propaply own one. My dream car, just bare bones car without anything useless shit cars these days are filled. Would love to own one. Its like Lada Samara here in finland, cheap bare bones communist car that other half loved and other half loved to hate. I respect this kind of cars, less is more. All this safety and comfort shit is useless 😃
zarLa Pred 6 urami
Yugo terible who say that
max Pred 10 urami
Yugo Is best
David T. Young
David T. Young Pred 12 urami
Never heard of it, I was expecting the Lexus sc
minkraft gams pro 420xx
minkraft gams pro 420xx Pred 16 urami
Remember if you total a yugo its cheaper to buy a new one than repairing it
Senpai_from_Mostar Pred 18 urami
Beautiful Titolinium powered by the brotherhood and unity of thr people of Yugoslavia
Dhyan Pred 22 urami
Hmmm sounds like India's Maruti 800
buioso Pred dnevom
As far as i know, the after called Yugo was the Fiat project intended to replace the 127 in the early 80's. But the design was evaluated as too old and conservative by the Fiat management, so the more modern Uno was developed by Fiat. The original design was sold to Zastava and became the Yugo
Samson Themighty
Samson Themighty Pred dnevom
What do you call yugo going up a hill? A miracle
KibaONE87 Pred dnevom
2:29 is a clip from my hometown
William Egler
William Egler Pred dnevom
Yugoslavia wasn't part of the Soviet Union....
fischX Pred dnevom
Fun fact - Yugoslavia was not part of the east block.
Vanja Canjuga
Vanja Canjuga Pred dnevom
yu-go, yu-not-go
Caernarvon Pred dnevom
Believe it or not, Yugo vehicles that were kept here in Serbia, are actually better than the one's built for the American industry.
KK Games
KK Games Pred dnevom
Than theres me from croatia listening to this and wondering why does everyone say yugoslavia was comunist hmmmmm? With my knowledge it was none of those things it was fighting against fascism and stuff like that anyways ignore this we are talking about the car however if i am wrong please correct me ty
dk6024 Pred dnevom
Made by people alienated from the products of their labor, eh?
Republika Dugave
Republika Dugave Pred dnevom
I would argue that trabant is far worse
Majorfatal1 Pred dnevom
Speaking about Yugo nobody ever mention during NATO bombing Zastava factory was crush down, with a lot of small simpatic Yugos inside.
TechDige Pred dnevom
And why it is worst car? It was a very good and useful car for that year but the problem with the fat americans is they wanted and buyed so much this car but they hate it and considered this car for the worst because it was not made in the USA.
Александар Ѓеоргиевски
Александар Ѓеоргиевски Pred dnevom
Delete the video iam from macedonia i feel offended i feel ashamed that i followed you for so long,learn a little history my friend
Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic Pred dnevom
jugo is a tank in the balkans.I drove juga coral 45 i drove it for fifteen years.I never stopped on the way.jugo is a beast. Btw im from serbia
Sailor Dave
Sailor Dave Pred dnevom
True story. I was watching the evening news and a segment came on showing the first Yugo to come off the ship. It didn’t start.
ANDREJKA HD Pred dnevom
Kosovo is serbia
zkljaja Pred dnevom
When trying to pronounce Balkan words with C at the end, just replace C with S so it would sound like C not a K
Vore667 Pred 2 dnevi
Yugoslavia also sold you your space program which was also partly developed by the same company yugo came from.
Toni S
Toni S Pred 2 dnevi
Yugoslavia was not part of USSR man
Dean Bakarčić
Dean Bakarčić Pred 2 dnevi
Man you suck...at least learn what you talk about....Your pronounce is comedy central....
gun me to the space
gun me to the space Pred 2 dnevi
Lan Dobnik
Lan Dobnik Pred 2 dnevi
Yugoslavia wasnt part of soviet union wrong it was democratic comunistic state not to soviet union
Lan Dobnik
Lan Dobnik Pred 2 dnevi
Yugo is good
Perry Love
Perry Love Pred 2 dnevi
Also: The problem with driving a Yugo... ... is that the Czech engine light is always on.
Perry Love
Perry Love Pred 2 dnevi
Zastava makes a hell of an AK.
MrKnego777 Pred 2 dnevi
"YUGO - You Go but car doesn't"
Ryan McGraw
Ryan McGraw Pred 2 dnevi
0:31 "like a Lada... awful things..."
David Klosterman
David Klosterman Pred 3 dnevi
Kind of reminds of the Pepsi deal with the Soviets that ended up with Pepsi owning a bunch of Russian war ships. The Pepsi Cola Navy.
juan vidal
juan vidal Pred 3 dnevi
This looks like the 4x4 ADA in DayZ
E. F.
E. F. Pred 3 dnevi
Lear some history. Don't be dumb. Yugoslavia was never part of Eastern block. Also we all have cars, mostly German and French. There were car factory's for citroen, renault and vw...
ma nem nem
ma nem nem Pred 3 dnevi
What nonsense you speak smh
Andrija Milojević
Andrija Milojević Pred 3 dnevi
You are not from Balkan, you are not allowed to speak about Yugo. 😂
Zeljko Simic
Zeljko Simic Pred 3 dnevi
Again mistake, your American propaganda is wrong again. Yugoslavia was never Soviet. Communist yes but never in Soviet union. You had west (NATO today) And Soviet, and also there was a third party called independent or something like that, well we were in the middle and didn't belong to West or East. Tito was hanging out with African countries and that wasn't Soviet Union. Yugo was crappy but cost double here and was worst than version you got. We paid for your cheap import to balance the cost to factory. Also Kragujevac and Zastava have nothing with Croatia and Bosnia it's like you compare Detroit belong to California or Florida. We didn't have much but had enough factories and we had everything until your Democracy came here and that was the end of humanity here. you are the worst of the worst.
Ban Chu
Ban Chu Pred 3 dnevi
yugo 45 - yugoslavia in shits since 1945
Nick Neftenov
Nick Neftenov Pred 3 dnevi
Fact check before making a video. Yugoslavia was not aligned with the USSR.
Jorge Pacheco
Jorge Pacheco Pred 3 dnevi
Well, we know it in Mexico as a CARIBE.
NotYou Immune
NotYou Immune Pred 3 dnevi
Marshal Tito said to Soviet’s defined NO. *Soviet staged their tenks along side Hungarian border * people in Yugoslavia armed themselves to the teeth and were ready to die to defend their country *soviets turned around and went home This was in the 50s I believe’54 and I was born 1970 in Yugoslavia
SirDrakeNewcanon Pred 3 dnevi
We had a Zastava GTL55 in Europe, Hungary in the 90's. It was not so bad! It was even a higher level than a Lada. It was bad in the USA of course because you had a lot of bigger and better cars!
Lee's Belgrade
Lee's Belgrade Pred 3 dnevi
I still own and drive a yugo!
Nenad Arsenijevic
Nenad Arsenijevic Pred 3 dnevi
If you learn to drive Yugo you can drive anything 👊
Dishank Nayal
Dishank Nayal Pred 3 dnevi
Looks like a Maruti-Suzuki 800
jackb Pred 4 dnevi
Actually Yugoslavia was not in good relationship with SSR mostly. SSR try to rule it as Czechoslovakia and most of military resource of Yugoslavia was point to Soviet ruled country at that time.
vasilije glisovic
vasilije glisovic Pred 4 dnevi
Ima li brace iz Kragujevca
Marko Kostić
Marko Kostić Pred 4 dnevi
Jugoslavia was not in Soviet Union
Srdjan Jakovljevic
Srdjan Jakovljevic Pred 4 dnevi
Rear window heaters are installed so u can warm up when ure pusing it to start.
RedFathom Pred 4 dnevi
wow, talk about insider trading. one year after the release of the justy in japan. probably hurt his own company, but made a pretty profit for himself.
Borivoje hadzitancic
Borivoje hadzitancic Pred 4 dnevi
You don't know what you taking about , Yugo was my first car is Serbia , it's great vehicle .
Aleksandar Porcic
Aleksandar Porcic Pred 5 dnevi
Noah, it's still something great about yugo. When it need to be repaired, it's ultimately cheaper then any other car. So if you wanna made some compromisees it's more than fine. To do repairs just need to know what's wrong whit it, buy a spear part, and from tolls you need just screwdriver, 5 wrenches (8,10,13,17,19mm), few pieces of wire and job is done. Everybody know it's more than bad car but still love him because it's cheep and standard in Balkan is not great, speciali in the 1990s. It's simple people was happy because they can afford any car, that's the reason why is the great car. Just keep up whit nice content you are great.
GP Scrapper
GP Scrapper Pred 5 dnevi
I thought you know better Very disappointed in you specially with all this nonsense and mistakes Be a man and correct this rubbish or i guarantee you will loose followers
William English
William English Pred 5 dnevi
What do you call a four door Yugo? Wego
pablo barrera
pablo barrera Pred 5 dnevi
Dude... Yugoslavia was not in the Soviet Union. It had a communist regime, but not aligned 100% to the Soviet totalitarianism. That's why it was able to sell cars to the West. If you tell a Balkan person they were Soviet, you will have a lot to explain. Hehehe!
Google Translate Serbia
Google Translate Serbia Pred 5 dnevi
Nolan: the worst car ever yugo Reliant robin, trabant, pt cruiser: am i joke to you
Google Translate Serbia
Google Translate Serbia Pred 5 dnevi
Kragujevac lik citrus or cirkus idn
Sasha Milanovic
Sasha Milanovic Pred 5 dnevi
You did not try Yugo 65. I call it the beast. Ultimate poor people racing machine.
Milan Kunčak
Milan Kunčak Pred 5 dnevi
Yugo is actually very reliable car, and genuinely good fun with friends doing dumb stuff with the car. U can literally buy it for 150€
MrJupiterr Pred 5 dnevi
serbian wolf gaming
serbian wolf gaming Pred 5 dnevi
serbian wolf gaming
serbian wolf gaming Pred 5 dnevi
Miloš Petrović
Miloš Petrović Pred 5 dnevi
I have quite a few problems with this video. First and foremost, Yugoslavia was never the part of the Soviet Union. It was socialist country, which played an important role in Cold war, so you two big shots wouldn't wreck the whole World. Please check your history facts. And that is such an important segment of this video, because much of your cultural understanding and presenting the Yugo comes from this misinformation. Moreover, it was cheaply built, but it wasn't that bad. That car is pure mechanics. You have no computer in the car, but you have a clutch and actual gearbox, something that, I have heard, Americans struggle with. Sorry for this, it may not be true. How you service Yugo is the answer how much it will serve you. You can ask that every single mechanic from the Balkans and pretty much everyone will tell you the same. Even today in Serbia we drive Yugo, and they stopped manufacturing it like 15 years ago. It is an ultimate car for rally here, many first drivers are driving it etc.
Martin Marc
Martin Marc Pred 5 dnevi
One more thing about YUGO you didn't tell: For Zastava to achieve the low selling price you mentioned, they had to reduce the quality of this car even further, so the cars you got in USA were even lower quality than the ones for home market. Also, at the time, most the production cars here were in 40-60bhp range, so lack of power wasnt so obvious as in USA. And two more things about Yugoslavia: Among those "other smaller counties" is Slovenia, which was the most developed part of Yugoslavia at the time. Yugoslavia was never Soviet (as a few other commenters pointed out). It was the only communist county that stood up against Soviet.
Milton Ramos
Milton Ramos Pred 5 dnevi
Yugo nowhere lol 😂
Martin Virág
Martin Virág Pred 6 dnevi
The Yugo is still such a common sight to see in Serbia. They're cheap but they never die.
Aleksandar Spasic
Aleksandar Spasic Pred 6 dnevi
Yugoslavia is not Sovet Union
Stevenimich Archangel
Stevenimich Archangel Pred 6 dnevi
I had a 1987 Yugo GV that I bought back in 2001 from a collector. I only paid like $300! I loved it! I wish I still had it.
Virginia Kingsford
Virginia Kingsford Pred 6 dnevi
So this is Mirage of the 80s?
Timico1000 Pred 6 dnevi
They introduced the Yugo brand in Germany in 1990, but unfortunately the civil war in former jugoslavia stopped the production in 1992 and the importer went bust. I can´t even remember seeing one in the flesh and even after looking for years there is almost never one up for sale in Germany or its neighbours.
neandertalac Pred 6 dnevi
Yugo is not from the Soviet Union. Zastava is building Fiat 500L up to this date. I know a lot of pre 90'ies Zastavas that are still functional. I know there were some issues with sending cars to the US, but Zastava actually opened the doors of US market for VW and Audi and many other European manufacturers. For the Yugo, it and Škoda were the most innovative products from Eastern Block countries. In 1992, when you say Yugo closed, actually, the Yugoslavia collapsed in the four year war. And the title of the worst car ever, it was manufactured by the TopGear journalist as a sarcastic view of Balkan wars.
First name Last name
First name Last name Pred 6 dnevi
The one and only car that literally got blown off the Mackinac Bridge in an October 1989 gale storm.
Dzemal Shabanovski
Dzemal Shabanovski Pred 6 dnevi
The yugo in europe has 45hp 55hp and 65hp and its fun around the chorners
Mandrak789 Pred 6 dnevi
Thanks to this export business, domestic Yugos became somewhat better because, eventually, all tiny improvements for American market found their way here. Overall, main problems with Yugo were terrible build quality and lack of proper control in the factory. Concept and technologies were sound for cheap city car from that era.
Jonas S
Jonas S Pred 6 dnevi
I really like the the simplicity and purity of the Yugo. If it wasn't for it's poor quality and reliability, I would really buy one some day.
kps666de Pred 7 dnevi
Well it seams like it had the same build quality as us cars back then :D
John Desmond
John Desmond Pred 7 dnevi
I LIKE "Tubthumping", dammit!
Giovanni _F
Giovanni _F Pred 7 dnevi
Yugoslavia wasn't part of the Soviet Union, not geographically, not legally and wasn't even allied with them. Not all communist countries were the Soviet Union😂
kevin kidd
kevin kidd Pred 7 dnevi
What do you call a 4 door yugo ? ... Yu all go
Slavisa Trifunovic
Slavisa Trifunovic Pred 7 dnevi
In Serbia we had even worse car called zastava 101. Both of them was made 40 years with minor changes. And the production ended 2008, I cant tell what was the reason for that 😂😂😂
Tad Kowal
Tad Kowal Pred 7 dnevi
I remember the Renault Le Car was pretty cheap, too. It's a wonder the hatchback stayed popular.
Gliga Pred 7 dnevi
Kosovo je Srbija!!!!
Jason Yeoh
Jason Yeoh Pred 7 dnevi
It's a chick magnet especially in red
tomotomekk25 Pred 7 dnevi
That engine was 55 ps, had engines also with 45, 60 and 65 ps, it was cheap, not quite that unreiable, easy to fix with 13 wrench and screwdriver and what else did u needed. And yeah why that country does not exit look up for "weight of chains" documentaries, jus sad, it wasnt greatest country ever but it was far better than this after war this just sucks
Andrea Bollani
Andrea Bollani Pred 7 dnevi
It's a 1971 Fiat 127 built REALLY cheap in a comunist country (not part of the soviet block by the way, Yugoslavia was a Non-Aligned Country) and sold in the eighties in a power loving car market. The result was a bit inevitable. I have to say that I grew up in a eighties small cheap FIAT, and it was made better for sure... but not any faster. Hell even TODAY best selling car in Italy isn't faster than that. Probably that's why I don't get how you are so upset by the Yugo speed: yeah, it's cheap and it goes from 0-60 in 14 and a bit seconds... what did you expect? 😅😂
Mihajlo Čigoja
Mihajlo Čigoja Pred 7 dnevi
I am heartbroken! This channel I love so much didn't take time to do the research on my home country and it's iconic vehicle... Does that mean that all of their videos are not well researched and false?
Mandrak789 Pred 6 dnevi
@Mihajlo Čigoja I think you got it wrong. Yugo has very little in common with Zastava 101. It was independently developed with the assistance from Fiat which gave Zastava technical documentation for model 127. So in some way Nolan was correct when he said that Yugo was based on Fiat 127. It was not just redesigned/simplified copy of it, but model 127 was used as basis for Yugo.
Mihajlo Čigoja
Mihajlo Čigoja Pred 6 dnevi
@Mandrak789 He said that yugo was based on fiat 127 probably because there was resemblance between the two. While there is a lot od connection between two cars, yugo was not based on fiat 127 it was based on zastava 101 which was based on zastava 128 which was straight out copy of fiat 128 :D Boxy shape, and weird looks of yugo was because VW Golf mk1... At the time golf mk1 was being produced in TAS in Sarajevo, and people were going crazy for them, and zastava wanted peace of the market, so they redesigned zastava 101 to look more like golf. Which ended up in car that looks boxy but has same old fiat chassis and engine. Yeah, I agree it sucked, but for 18yo me it was the best car in the world :D :D :D
Mandrak789 Pred 6 dnevi
He made mistake placing ex-Yu into the Soviet block but he appologized. Overall I think he showcased the car pretty well. We all know it sucked, but it was affordable so...
Big MD
Big MD Pred 7 dnevi
not only that you got your history wrong, not naming Slovenia, Montenegro and Macedonia is insulting. One has to assume, that your facts about the Yugo are just as right as those you brought up about Yugoslavia. Please Donut Media, try again. -.-
Ussurin Pred 7 dnevi
Interesting that it looks really similar to Polish FSO Polonez. Which was theoretically fully Polish design... hmm...
Marko Stojiljkovic
Marko Stojiljkovic Pred 7 dnevi
First you never own a YUGO so you don't know what is that car second yugo needs to be maintained like every other car, Americans didn't do that, third in America Yugos was shipped with crappy carburettors to fit yours emissions that make them not good and not fun to drive, so for conclusion on Balkan Yugo is still alive and it is still going strong if you maintain it
Tobi Haifisch
Tobi Haifisch Pred 7 dnevi
10:00 So, either your knowledge or your research encourage you to assess, what automotive standards were normal at the time, when the Yugo was offered in the US?! Getting upset about build quality, to be very honest, during that historic period, in the US... You'd rather not DARE a comparison here. NO! JUST DON'T! Mexicans build better "American" cars today, than these poor people in the SFRY, including cars built by AMERICANS (on an average base from 1985 to 2085 (roughly estimated))! Yes, Yugo's standards were poor, but just not covered up by a vegetable of a president and budgets for "mass media manipulation". How much of a car did you purchase in relation to its lifetime or average reliability/usability?!
ThePenout Pred 7 dnevi
The Yugo was a huge hit in Yugoslavia. Due to it being so cheap, they were everywhere. A lot of people drove them even in the early 2000s, including my parents, when i was like 3 years old. Greetings from Slovenia, former Yugoslavia member (one of rhe smaller countries).
Tobi Haifisch
Tobi Haifisch Pred 7 dnevi
6:00 Are you going to mention the Bricklin SV as a major accomplishment, or are you going to diminish it?! As people are expecting it from a capitalist American, zrying to prove the rest of the WORLD... whatever...
Qopel Pred 7 dnevi
The worst car in the world was the East German Trabant!
Qopel Pred 7 dnevi
“In the air tonight” is NOT a Genesis song!
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First name Last name Pred 6 dnevi
Phil Collins solo, 1981.
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