Why Everyone Wanted the Worst Car in the World

11. Sij 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 MediaPrije 11 dana
    • @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 GligorijevicPrije 3 sati
    • 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 GligorijevicPrije 4 sati
    • @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 CallidaPrije 3 dana
    • @Persona Callida Let me count the zeroes here, let's see... I have somewhere between $1600 and $2000 dollars

      Walnuts and BeastialityWalnuts and BeastialityPrije 3 dana
    • @Walnuts and Beastiality Just search the used car market, if you want to find one in good condition. you could also try the scrapyard, if you can find replacement parts for one it's a cheaper option.

      Persona CallidaPersona CallidaPrije 3 dana
  • 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 HappPrije 4 sati
  • i would still buy that car lmao

    Sage VidzSage VidzPrije 5 sati
  • D

    cringy potcringy potPrije 7 sati
  • My aunt had o e of these lol

    DeadEndSquad RAY_Da_God21DeadEndSquad RAY_Da_God21Prije 16 sati
  • 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 RizokPrije 17 sati
  • Too bad they didn’t bring the Lada’s over here.

    MooMan86MooMan86Prije 23 sati
  • 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 WolfPrije dan
  • Why yugo had rear window heater? For your hands not to freeze when you push it when its cold

    dailydriVR tadicdailydriVR tadicPrije dan
  • hrworld.info/home/video/obynl6mejaR3e8w.html

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

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

    Here And NowHere And NowPrije dan
  • What do you call a mini van made my yugo A wego

    Kole StarrKole StarrPrije dan
  • Enough is enough - don't make fun of Chumbawamba!

    Flo MiFlo MiPrije dan
  • 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 RodenPrije dan
  • i am from Bosnien. YUGO is the best

    Tarik HodžićTarik HodžićPrije dan
  • A Lada....ha,ha!

    JesseJessePrije dan
  • in serbia now you can probably buy a really good yugo for about a 100 bucks

    Aleksa KatancevicAleksa KatancevicPrije dan
  • 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 MattarossiPrije dan
  • Not a lot of yugo-ing more like yu-pushing -Bladed angle

    Game CatGame CatPrije 2 dana
  • the yugo is the best car to learn to drive on

    David PetkovskiDavid PetkovskiPrije 2 dana

    Dark RaiderDark RaiderPrije 2 dana
  • 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 MkPrije 2 dana
  • 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

    CACTUSCACTUSPrije 2 dana
  • if anyone is interested the text at 3:40 "ćao nema više, poslednji jugo iz lakirnice" means "Bye, no more. Last Yugo from paintshop"

    CACTUSCACTUSPrije 2 dana
  • We have a similar one in India called Maruti Suzuki 800 its stiil in use.

    Muhammed BadhushaMuhammed BadhushaPrije 2 dana
  • 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 PlaveticPrije 2 dana
  • 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 SpraggPrije 2 dana
  • Good video

    Spase AngelkoskiSpase AngelkoskiPrije 2 dana
  • When we getting Hilow off-road

    Sean GildeaSean GildeaPrije 2 dana
  • Y’all gone do one on the 2016-2019 micra ?!?!!?

    Jamie maddenJamie maddenPrije 2 dana
  • "Functional Fiat 127-derived potato car breaks sales record. Beaver fever consumes North America."

    gusgieselgusgieselPrije 3 dana
  • Yugo but the car doesn't

    Teo JovanovTeo JovanovPrije 3 dana
  • The yugo is the definition of a shitbox.

    Noah MorphewNoah MorphewPrije 3 dana
  • 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 GameplayPrije 3 dana
  • I think a Yugo makes a brief appearance in Die Hard With A Vengeance.

    David JacksonDavid JacksonPrije 3 dana
  • Yugo: if "fuck you here's a car" was a company's sales tagline

    Mukund ShivakumarMukund ShivakumarPrije 3 dana
  • 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 SmrkPrije 3 dana
  • 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 PavicevicPrije 3 dana
  • Wish you did that research beforehand but still cool

    Black CatBlack CatPrije 3 dana
  • How to join the Donut underground? I already clicked on the link but it took me to the channel homepage.

    NTR_InspireNTR_InspirePrije 3 dana
  • i drove one of these when the first came out

    Jeff LeeJeff LeePrije 3 dana
  • The Volkswagen Golfs shitty cousin.

    ilovemanunitedilovemanunitedPrije 3 dana
  • 0:30 lol like a Lada bad thing

    Jacob SillsJacob SillsPrije 3 dana
  • My friend bought a Yugo that was modified into a rally car, too bad it’s not running, lol

    James SJames SPrije 3 dana
  • So they gave everyone in a small town upstate ny a yugo. Drowning moana

    robert comasrobert comasPrije 3 dana
  • 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.

    GroovyHippieGroovyHippiePrije 3 dana
  • The Simpson clip was not a Yugo, but a Trabant from DDR ;)

    peter bukovecpeter bukovecPrije 3 dana
  • I would like to see a vid on the Lada Niva

    WillemWillemPrije 3 dana
  • 0:06 oh my god I’m wheezing

    UrizenUrizenPrije 3 dana
  • "Yugo is the worst car ever" Trabant, ZAZ 966, Moskvich, Tarpan Honker, Syrena: Allow us to introduce ourselves.

    Huzzar MasterHuzzar MasterPrije 3 dana
  • Yugo, but the car doesn't...

    Sherpa DeteSherpa DetePrije 4 dana
  • I think the Yugo car wash picture made me laugh WAY more than it should've

    Nate RNate RPrije 4 dana
  • 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. 😁

    SvenQ45SvenQ45Prije 4 dana
  • Greatw video, but the music doesn't quite fit, it's a bit distracting

    ROBERTROBERTPrije 4 dana
  • Lmao, I can hear my dad whispering “ you go(yugo) but it don’t”

    The Dave GamerThe Dave GamerPrije 4 dana
  • Yugo vs. LeCar

    M WalkerM WalkerPrije 4 dana
  • 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 ReuterPrije 4 dana
  • great episode, thanks man :)

    Alex HramovicAlex HramovicPrije 4 dana
  • If you go to Serbia today, you will see that there are still mostly poor people driving yugos.

    FrenkiFrenkiPrije 4 dana
  • 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??

    MiljanMiljanPrije 4 dana
  • 1:11 I loved that reference

    AndREEEEEAndREEEEEPrije 4 dana
  • 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 SPrije 4 dana
  • Jugoslavia was not part of the Soviet block

    Nermin C.Nermin C.Prije 4 dana
  • What's worse a Yugo or a Chevette?

    Josh BlackJosh BlackPrije 4 dana
  • Hey that s balkan car dont say that is the worst car he is really good believe me i am from Balkan

    Luka DerdLuka DerdPrije 4 dana
  • Americans making fun of the build quality of a European car? Hold my beer.

    Jesse KraalJesse KraalPrije 4 dana
  • 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 SerbiaPrije 4 dana
  • A Camaro proves that capitalism rules

    Matt RobertsMatt RobertsPrije 4 dana
  • Drowning Mona, anyone? That movie was written around the Yugo lmao

    dustin brownleedustin brownleePrije 4 dana
  • 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 LikaPrije 5 dana
  • Can you call it a glorified lawn mower if it never mowed lawns?

    Seth WootenSeth WootenPrije 5 dana
  • Yep but damn they ate fun to juice up sense so light

    DR SensuBeanDR SensuBeanPrije 5 dana
  • Not many of them came to Jamaica

    kennedy singhkennedy singhPrije 5 dana
  • 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 JovanovicPrije 5 dana
  • Am I the only one that thinks 0-60mph in 14 seconds is actually pretty fast? 😂

    The CustomerThe CustomerPrije 5 dana
  • I have a tee shirt with a Yugo on it, one of my favorites lol.

    M BM BPrije 5 dana
  • My first car is Yugo🙂

    gardistasrpski989gardistasrpski989Prije 5 dana
  • 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 fish281Prije 5 dana
  • 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 JohnsonPrije 5 dana
  • We also bombed the factory.

    Patrick LynchPatrick LynchPrije 5 dana
    • We never forgot this

      gardistasrpski989gardistasrpski989Prije 5 dana
  • There was a Yugo convertible and the top of the line Yugo was called the gvx.

    philagethechefphilagethechefPrije 5 dana
  • your pronounce is so bad

    Pacino GamingPacino GamingPrije 6 dana
  • Capitalism > Communism.

    lil layzie93lil layzie93Prije 6 dana
  • I found an abandoned, 6-wheeled Yugo with a truck bed in the woods once. Cool stuff

    Sarrus25Sarrus25Prije 6 dana
  • I'd say let's start saying "if things go yogo" instead of "if things go south." Wait...'yogo' means south!

    King kingKing kingPrije 6 dana
  • 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 WhitneyPrije 6 dana
  • where was Ralph Nader when American really needed him?

    Alias SmithandJonesAlias SmithandJonesPrije 6 dana
  • "There's no such thing as cheap and cheerful. It's cheap and nasty & expensive and cheerful.” ― Jeremy Clarkson

    DariuneDariunePrije 6 dana
  • 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_halePrije 6 dana
  • You forgot golf 2

    Almin 568Almin 568Prije 6 dana
  • Zna Batistuta sta valja.

    Milan LudoskiMilan LudoskiPrije 6 dana
  • You should see yugo in rally

    Dark KillerDark KillerPrije 6 dana
  • World : Yugo GV Indians : Maruti 800 lmao 💀

    BhagatBhagatPrije 6 dana
  • A Yugo was blown off the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.

    M.T. O.M.T. O.Prije 6 dana
  • like all horrible cars, it all started with a fiat

    DariuneDariunePrije 6 dana
  • I have one😢

    Leroy JenkinsLeroy JenkinsPrije 6 dana
  • Everyone : Yugo is shit Ex-yu people : peace was never an option Btw in ex yugoslavia countries there are still many of them driving around and they are actually reliable

    ImTheMartImTheMartPrije 6 dana
  • The only extra you could order your YUGO with is heated rear windows, to keep your hands warm when you had to push the car in the winter

    Kanader CKanader CPrije 6 dana
  • Could you americans name the other countries of yugoslavia

    Rok LukmanRok LukmanPrije 6 dana