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In 1980s, Yugo answered the need of people who want an inexpensive way into new car ownership. As its name suggests, this vehicle was made by Zastava Corporation in Yugoslavia. Yugo was basically a square-cut, small hatchback that was first released in 1983. It was largely based on the Fiat 127. Proud Yugo owners said that their ride offers driving in its most natural form. If you are one of them and you need to do a simple repair or complete restoration, the finest Yugo parts you may need for the job are available online. While you can find auto parts and accessories from brick and mortar stores, only online shops allow you to see their wide array ? yes, even if that means thousands ? of products in stock. What's great, you can do your auto-part shopping at any time convenient to you because reliable online stores are open to serve you 24/7. You can experience these plus many other conveniences only here at Auto Parts Warehouse. We have a comprehensive catalog that contains all the Yugo car parts and accessories we offer. If you don't have time to browse our listings, then just provide us with your vehicle make, model, and year, and in just a few seconds, you'll see the list of the specific parts that fit your ride's specs. You also don't have to worry about the information and billing details you share with us because our system is hacker-free so all your transactions are safe! Big savings await you here! All our Yugo parts in stock are offered at incredibly low prices. Low shipping cost for various delivery options is also guaranteed. Order now and we'll have it shipped to your nominated address in no time!
When Great Value Comes Short
Why does a Yugo have a rear window defroster?
Answer: To keep your hands warm as you push it.
It isn't a good sign when a car becomes an inspiration for jokes. At the time of its release, the Yugo GV (meaning Great Value) hit the American car market like a storm. However, the spark wouldn't last long as unfortunate events and circumstances ended the make's stint in the country.
A man named Miroslav Kefurt was one of the people responsible for bringing the car to America after noticing the country's market for small, economical cars. He chose Yugo because he knew the cars were basically rebadged Fiats ? a respectable Italian manufacturer. Using his European connections, he was able to import and promote the first Yugo cars.
His sales pitch: the cars' price tag and practicality. At around $ 4,000, the GV had a big price advantage compared to other cars that were about $1,000 more expensive. The car's simplicity was designed to be a straightforward commuter. This was in contrast to the trends of cars that time where style trumped function. This was the "People's car" of America, just like the Volkswagen Beetle of Germany. With a 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty, everyone was hooked. Units drove out of showrooms by the thousands!
Unfortunately, the Yugo was just too good to be true. As people drove their GVs, problems began to appear. Among these, break-downs were 2nd nature to the car. The engine was so bad that it didn't even pass emission tests. The electrical components of the car were faulty, from the lights, to the power windows. Even the interior was as bare as it could be. Brochures saying carpets were a feature should have been a giveaway.
Yugo gave the market unmet expectations. America learned the hard truth of getting what you pay for. A car that cheap had to have funny strings attached to it. The Yugo "bubble" popped in an instant. Sales dropped, units were being discarded and forgotten.
The inevitable end came in the early 90s as Yugo choked its supply. Today, Yugo is mostly remembered as one of the
worst cars of all time, along other infamous cars such as the Edsel, Pinto, and Corvair. The car was so bad it has given birth to many jokes ? just like the one at the beginning.
There are still small patches of hope for Yugo. Clubs around the world pay tribute by repairing and maintaining the few units that escaped the scrap yard. Efforts such as these make Yugo a rare collector's item ?maybe mostly because it still works.