Why Everyone Wanted the Worst Car in the World

11 gen 2021
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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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  • 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

    Donut MediaDonut Media12 giorni fa
    • I have one 1991 one , still goes like hell.

      nik stounnik stoun7 ore fa
    • @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 GligorijevicLazar GligorijevicGiorno fa
    • 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.

      Lazar GligorijevicLazar GligorijevicGiorno fa
    • @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.

      Persona CallidaPersona Callida4 giorni fa
    • @Persona Callida Let me count the zeroes here, let's see... I have somewhere between $1600 and $2000 dollars

      Walnuts and BeastialityWalnuts and Beastiality4 giorni fa
  • You bring up Malcolm Bricklin and give no mention to the Bricklin SV-1? Wow, for shame!

    scottthewaterwarriorscottthewaterwarrior4 ore fa
  • Yugo you way, ill go mine!

    Jonathan steeleJonathan steele7 ore fa
  • 11:27 I actually would love a Yugo mailbox. The irony is thick with a U.S. Postal service emblem, in more ways then one.

    Joy PendergrassJoy Pendergrass8 ore fa
  • Would be cool passing a lambo with a Yugo tho

    6KONOT96KONOT910 ore fa
  • watch the 2000 movie Drowning Mona, the Yugo a main character in that movie

    Mr SpeeddemonMr Speeddemon14 ore fa
  • My dad had a yugo, He burned the clutch climbing up a hill at the Yunque National Forest his 3rd day of ownership.

    Jorge BonillaJorge Bonilla18 ore fa
  • Donut Media we Skiped history have we?

    Gjoko ShterjovGjoko Shterjov19 ore fa
  • 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?

    Robert HappRobert HappGiorno fa
  • i would still buy that car lmao

    Sage VidzSage VidzGiorno fa
  • D

    yyGiorno fa
  • My aunt had o e of these lol

    DeadEndSquad RAY_Da_God21DeadEndSquad RAY_Da_God21Giorno fa
  • 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.

    Kyle RizokKyle RizokGiorno fa
  • Too bad they didn’t bring the Lada’s over here.

    MooMan86MooMan86Giorno fa
  • 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".

    Michael WolfMichael Wolf2 giorni fa
  • Why yugo had rear window heater? For your hands not to freeze when you push it when its cold

    dailydriVR tadicdailydriVR tadic2 giorni fa
  • itworlds.info/round/n4uulKyjj9J8fJo/video

    Shift AutomotiveShift Automotive2 giorni fa
  • Yugo? More like you-no-go... Alright. I'm done. 🚪🏃🏾

    お金(Okane)Hausお金(Okane)Haus2 giorni fa
  • A no-frills cheap car? Sounds like my '02 Cavalier.

    Here And NowHere And Now2 giorni fa
  • What do you call a mini van made my yugo A wego

    Kole StarrKole Starr2 giorni fa
  • Enough is enough - don't make fun of Chumbawamba!

    Flo MiFlo Mi2 giorni fa
  • 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

    Cody RodenCody Roden2 giorni fa
  • i am from Bosnien. YUGO is the best

    Tarik HodžićTarik Hodžić2 giorni fa
  • A Lada....ha,ha!

    JesseJesse2 giorni fa
  • in serbia now you can probably buy a really good yugo for about a 100 bucks

    Aleksa KatancevicAleksa Katancevic2 giorni fa
  • 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.

    Joseph MattarossiJoseph Mattarossi3 giorni fa
  • Not a lot of yugo-ing more like yu-pushing -Bladed angle

    Game CatGame Cat3 giorni fa
  • the yugo is the best car to learn to drive on

    David PetkovskiDavid Petkovski3 giorni fa

    Dark RaiderDark Raider3 giorni fa
  • 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

    Alkemyst MkAlkemyst Mk3 giorni fa
  • 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

    CACTUSCACTUS3 giorni fa
  • if anyone is interested the text at 3:40 "ćao nema više, poslednji jugo iz lakirnice" means "Bye, no more. Last Yugo from paintshop"

    CACTUSCACTUS3 giorni fa
  • We have a similar one in India called Maruti Suzuki 800 its stiil in use.

    Muhammed BadhushaMuhammed Badhusha3 giorni fa
  • 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.

    Marin PlaveticMarin Plavetic3 giorni fa
  • 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!

    Andrew SpraggAndrew Spragg3 giorni fa
  • Good video

    Spase AngelkoskiSpase Angelkoski3 giorni fa
  • When we getting Hilow off-road

    Sean GildeaSean Gildea3 giorni fa
  • Y’all gone do one on the 2016-2019 micra ?!?!!?

    Jamie maddenJamie madden3 giorni fa
  • "Functional Fiat 127-derived potato car breaks sales record. Beaver fever consumes North America."

    gusgieselgusgiesel4 giorni fa
  • Yugo but the car doesn't

    Teo JovanovTeo Jovanov4 giorni fa
  • The yugo is the definition of a shitbox.

    Noah MorphewNoah Morphew4 giorni fa
  • 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.

    Kristian GameplayKristian Gameplay4 giorni fa
  • I think a Yugo makes a brief appearance in Die Hard With A Vengeance.

    David JacksonDavid Jackson4 giorni fa
  • Yugo: if "fuck you here's a car" was a company's sales tagline

    Mukund ShivakumarMukund Shivakumar4 giorni fa
  • 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

    Papa SmrkPapa Smrk4 giorni fa
  • 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

    Stevan PavicevicStevan Pavicevic4 giorni fa
  • Wish you did that research beforehand but still cool

    Black CatBlack Cat4 giorni fa
  • How to join the Donut underground? I already clicked on the link but it took me to the channel homepage.

    NTR_InspireNTR_Inspire4 giorni fa
  • i drove one of these when the first came out

    Jeff LeeJeff Lee4 giorni fa
  • The Volkswagen Golfs shitty cousin.

    ilovemanunitedilovemanunited4 giorni fa
  • 0:30 lol like a Lada bad thing

    Jacob SillsJacob Sills4 giorni fa
  • My friend bought a Yugo that was modified into a rally car, too bad it’s not running, lol

    James SJames S4 giorni fa
  • So they gave everyone in a small town upstate ny a yugo. Drowning moana

    robert comasrobert comas4 giorni fa
  • 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.

    GroovyHippieGroovyHippie4 giorni fa
  • The Simpson clip was not a Yugo, but a Trabant from DDR ;)

    peter bukovecpeter bukovec4 giorni fa
  • I would like to see a vid on the Lada Niva

    WillemWillem4 giorni fa
  • 0:06 oh my god I’m wheezing

    UrizenUrizen4 giorni fa
  • "Yugo is the worst car ever" Trabant, ZAZ 966, Moskvich, Tarpan Honker, Syrena: Allow us to introduce ourselves.

    Huzzar MasterHuzzar Master4 giorni fa
  • Yugo, but the car doesn't...

    Sherpa DeteSherpa Dete5 giorni fa
  • I think the Yugo car wash picture made me laugh WAY more than it should've

    Nate RNate R5 giorni fa
  • 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. 😁

    SvenQ45SvenQ455 giorni fa
  • Greatw video, but the music doesn't quite fit, it's a bit distracting

    ROBERTROBERT5 giorni fa
  • Lmao, I can hear my dad whispering “ you go(yugo) but it don’t”

    The Dave GamerThe Dave Gamer5 giorni fa
  • Yugo vs. LeCar

    M WalkerM Walker5 giorni fa
  • 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

    Jordan ReuterJordan Reuter5 giorni fa
  • great episode, thanks man :)

    Alex HramovicAlex Hramovic5 giorni fa
  • If you go to Serbia today, you will see that there are still mostly poor people driving yugos.

    FrenkiFrenki5 giorni fa
  • 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??

    MiljanMiljan5 giorni fa
  • 1:11 I loved that reference

    AndREEEEEAndREEEEE5 giorni fa
  • 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.

    Ludwik SLudwik S5 giorni fa
  • Jugoslavia was not part of the Soviet block

    Nermin C.Nermin C.5 giorni fa
  • What's worse a Yugo or a Chevette?

    Josh BlackJosh Black5 giorni fa
  • Hey that s balkan car dont say that is the worst car he is really good believe me i am from Balkan

    Luka DerdLuka Derd5 giorni fa
  • Americans making fun of the build quality of a European car? Hold my beer.

    Jesse KraalJesse Kraal5 giorni fa
  • 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

    Jimbo Smederevo SerbiaJimbo Smederevo Serbia5 giorni fa
  • A Camaro proves that capitalism rules

    Matt RobertsMatt Roberts5 giorni fa
  • Drowning Mona, anyone? That movie was written around the Yugo lmao

    dustin brownleedustin brownlee5 giorni fa
  • 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.

    Emin LikaEmin Lika6 giorni fa
  • Can you call it a glorified lawn mower if it never mowed lawns?

    Seth WootenSeth Wooten6 giorni fa
  • Yep but damn they ate fun to juice up sense so light

    DR SensuBeanDR SensuBean6 giorni fa
  • Not many of them came to Jamaica

    kennedy singhkennedy singh6 giorni fa
  • 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.

    Alexa JovanovicAlexa Jovanovic6 giorni fa
  • Am I the only one that thinks 0-60mph in 14 seconds is actually pretty fast? 😂

    The CustomerThe Customer6 giorni fa
  • I have a tee shirt with a Yugo on it, one of my favorites lol.

    M BM B6 giorni fa
  • My first car is Yugo🙂

    gardistasrpski989gardistasrpski9896 giorni fa
  • 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.

    floppy fish281floppy fish2816 giorni fa
  • 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...

    Dean JohnsonDean Johnson6 giorni fa
  • We also bombed the factory.

    Patrick LynchPatrick Lynch6 giorni fa
    • We never forgot this

      gardistasrpski989gardistasrpski9896 giorni fa
  • There was a Yugo convertible and the top of the line Yugo was called the gvx.

    philagethechefphilagethechef6 giorni fa
  • your pronounce is so bad

    Pacino GamingPacino Gaming7 giorni fa
  • Capitalism > Communism.

    lil layzie93lil layzie937 giorni fa
  • I found an abandoned, 6-wheeled Yugo with a truck bed in the woods once. Cool stuff

    Sarrus25Sarrus257 giorni fa
  • I'd say let's start saying "if things go yogo" instead of "if things go south." Wait...'yogo' means south!

    King kingKing king7 giorni fa
  • 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.

    The sinner Jim WhitneyThe sinner Jim Whitney7 giorni fa
  • where was Ralph Nader when American really needed him?

    Alias SmithandJonesAlias SmithandJones7 giorni fa
  • "There's no such thing as cheap and cheerful. It's cheap and nasty & expensive and cheerful.” ― Jeremy Clarkson

    DariuneDariune7 giorni fa
  • 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?

    saxon_halesaxon_hale7 giorni fa
  • You forgot golf 2

    Almin 568Almin 5687 giorni fa
  • Zna Batistuta sta valja.

    Milan LudoskiMilan Ludoski7 giorni fa
  • You should see yugo in rally

    Dark KillerDark Killer7 giorni fa