The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

The Yugo The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History Six months after its American introduction in the Yugo was a punch line within a year it was a staple of late night comedy By NPR s Car Talk declared it the worst car of the millennium An

  • Title: The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History
  • Author: Jason Vuic
  • ISBN: 9780809098910
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Six months after its American introduction in 1985, the Yugo was a punch line within a year, it was a staple of late night comedy By 2000, NPR s Car Talk declared it the worst car of the millennium And for most Americans that s where the story begins and ends Hardly The short, unhappy life of the car, the men who built it, the men who imported it, and the decade thaSix months after its American introduction in 1985, the Yugo was a punch line within a year, it was a staple of late night comedy By 2000, NPR s Car Talk declared it the worst car of the millennium And for most Americans that s where the story begins and ends Hardly The short, unhappy life of the car, the men who built it, the men who imported it, and the decade that embraced and discarded it is rollicking and astounding, and one of the greatest untold business cum morality tales of the 1980s Mix one rabid entrepreneur, several thousand good communists, a willing U.S State Department, the shortsighted Detroit auto industry, and improvident bankers, shake vigorously, and you ve got The Yugo The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History Brilliantly re creating the amazing confluence of events that produced the Yugo, Yugoslav expert Jason Vuic uproariously tells the story of the car that became an international joke The American CEO who happens upon a Yugo right when his company needs to find a new import or go under A State Department eager to aid Yugoslavia s nonaligned communist government Zastava Automobiles, which overhauls its factory to produce an American ready Yugo in six months And a hole left by Detroit in the cheap subcompact market that creates a race to the bottom that leaves the Yugo at the bottom.

    Yugo the Negotiator Yugo News, Termine, Streams auf TV GEWISSE INHALTE, DIE AUF DIESER WEBSITE ERSCHEINEN, STAMMEN VON EU SARL DIESE INHALTE WERDEN SO, WIE SIE SIND ZUR VERFGUNG GESTELLT UND KNNEN JEDERZEIT GENDERT ODER ENTFERNT WERDEN Yugo The Yugo pronounced , also marketed as the Zastava Koral pronounced z sta a k ra l , Serbian Cyrillic and Yugo Koral, is a subcompact car hatchback formerly manufactured by Zastava Automobiles, at the time a Yugoslav corporation. The Yugo The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in Six months after its American introduction in , the Yugo was a punch line within a year, it was a staple of late night comedy By , NPRs Car Talk declared it the worst car of the millennium And for most Americans thats where the story begins and ends. The Yugo The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in The Yugo was a small car made in the former nation of Yugoslavia that survives in the American consciousness as the ultimate automotive failure Poorly engineered, ugly, and cheap, it survived much longer as a punch line for comedians than it did as a vehicle on the roads. Here s Why the Yugo Is One of the Worst Cars GO READ MY COLUMN HERE The Yugo is often considered one of the worst cars ever made That s completely true and here s why. The Yugo Balkan Roads The Yugo Pride of the Balkans Wait, what s a Yugo The Balkans were designed to be traversed by the Yugo Never heard of it In fact, if you decide to take the Yugo as your car of choice for this trip, you immediately get points Watch the video and get acquainted with the best The Yugo Read More

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    1. Jason Vuic

      Specialist in the history of former Yugoslavia and in 1997 98 was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.He has published articles and op eds in the South Slav Journal, Serbian Studies, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and the Indianapolis Star His next project is a book length history of the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics.


    1. Nothing can make anything funnier then the fact that it actually happened The Yugo was soled in America, the Yugo jokes at the beginning of each chapter are a cherry on the top. As someone who comes from the country of origin of this "car" I used to look at it as the greatest con ever achieved, which I still believe it is, but unfortunately it wasn't done by one of ours. The thing that makes this book so interesting and funny are the people behind this and all the lies they told during the marke [...]

    2. First the content: it felt a little padded, like there wasn't enough info on just the car for a whole book. The author would go on what seemed like long tangents about history or a particular person's biography before getting back to the main topic. For example, we got the life story of the guy who sold Bricklin the rights to sell the Yugo in CA, when a brief introduction and background would have sufficed. I was surprised to find out later that he wasn't really a major player in the story--not [...]

    3. It's not as much about the Yugo as a devastating send up of 80s business. If you know a friend who prattles on about the free market solving all ills, send him a copy of this book.The Yugo was a cheap subcompact car that was notorious in its reputation for shoddy construction. This book gives some history how the idea of a Yugoslavian made version of an Italian car reached the states, and the problems they had with it. It also goes beyond to tell about the personalities behind it, like Malcolm B [...]

    4. Q. How do you double the value of your Yugo?A. Fill the gas tank.Q. How do you make a Yugo go faster?A. Use a tow truck.The Yugo was rated the worst car ever sold in the U.S. While there are many funny jokes about the Yugo, this is a serious story of how it came to the U.S.

    5. Epic fun. Worth it for the Malcolm Bricklin stories alone--dude was a grifter for the ages. But the whole thing was a blast.

    6. A story is a comedy if it has a happy ending, a tragedy if not. If the plain, cheap, little slow-moving car from Yugoslavia is the hero of this story, it’s a tragedy, because the hero dies in the end. For the hopeful workers at Zastava who cried with joy when the first Yugo destined for America rolled off the assembly line, the demise of their dreams came along with the collapse of their country as well as the struggling car company that imported their product. And yet, there is a lot of comed [...]

    7. It seems like the best way--maybe the only way--to make money on a Malcolm Bricklin-led investment is to be Malcolm Bricklin. Importing Yugos is the most famous example but not the only one. There was the Bricklin SV-1, the Electric Bicycle Company, FasTrack, Handyman franchises, the Proton automobile. Never heard of them? Hmmmm.The idea was to sell a car that was extremely inexpensive and would provide basic transportation; a new car alternative to a good used car. Nothing wrong with that. At l [...]

    8. I enjoyed this book much more than I expected. It was a bit repetitive, but I read it word for word. Despite the shocking title, the author shows that the much-maligned Yugo was far from the worst car in history. Due to the confluence of Cold War politics and the materialism embraced by the 80s “Me Generation”, the Yugo became a notorious butt of jokes. The kicker of the book is the role of Malcolm Bricklin in the whole sordid tale - a fast-talking opportunist who ran the company one step ah [...]

    9. I am not sure if I selected this book because of the Yugo's iconic and flailing demonstration in the 1980s, because I am in the car business and have an interest in cars, or if it is because my dad bought and drove his red Yugo unit for about 2 years (until something broke that he couldn't get replaced) while our entire family laughed at him. But I really enjoyed the 80s fad driven history, the interest in foreign cars, and the mis-management of auto companies (by Malcolm Bricklin). I enjoyed th [...]

    10. This is such a fun read. The Yugo is a famously terrible automobile. I don't know much about the history of the automobile nor about imports. I worked on the GM bankruptcy and learned about suppliers and distribution channels, but don't know about automobile history.Embarrassingly, I have absolutely no working knowledge about the history of Yugoslavia or the soviet block. This book is great because it spells these issues out in very simple terms for a novice. Also, the story is a lot of fun. Thi [...]

    11. The book the” Yugo The Rise and fall of the Worst Car in History,” by Jason Vuie to me is an ok book. I think this because as you start reading the book you begin realize that it repeats some information. But, the book does a great job of describing just why the Yugo failed. For example, it talks about how in the 80’s, when the Yugo was launched, the company was having management problems. Also, it talks about how they weren’t the best cars in quality and were hard to get parts for. I th [...]

    12. Some difficulty following the political and money chain. Would have preferred to have read more about consumer experiences and the Yugo itself. Amazed, however, how Bricklin could wheel and deal.

    13. FUN and teaches a good amount of marketing and auto sales goodies. Plus jokes about Yugos, most of which I️ remembered!

    14. Last blog, I wrote about John McWhorter and his illustrious career. I don't know anything about Jason Vuic's career, but he's written a quite good book called The Yugo:The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History. He qualifies, or rather negates, his subtitle in the introduction, with a short list of cars worse than the Yugo, but goes on to make a case for the Yugo's status as popularly acknowledged worst car ever. This book is funny. I'm not a car guy, but I like Top Gear and I thought this bo [...]

    15. NPR's Car Talk named The Yugo "the worst car of the millennium." It's considered by many to be a lemon. It was ugly and slow, and, compared to the rest of the market, not many were sold in the United States. Yet it has earned itself a place in the American Zeitgeist. For better or worse, The Yugo has become synonymous with failure. However, author Jason Vuic paints a clearer picture of The Yugo in his book. It's a story of communism, cars, 80's excess, and more.I picked this book up expecting an [...]

    16. What's the difference between a Yugo and a golf ball?You can drive a golf ball more than 200 yards.In addition to being a biography of the little car that couldn't, The Yugo is also a book in how not to run a business, and a buyer beware message for consumers. The excellent introduction hooks the reader in by talking about ways the Yugo is an icon for it's badness, and comparing it to several other "worst" cars. I didn't feel the other chapters I read had the same sensational storytelling - mayb [...]

    17. If you're a "car person" with some knowledge of the turbulent and confusing (and mostly crappy-quality) world of cars in the 70s, you will enjoy the book. If you understand Lucas electrical humor, Unsafe at Any Speed, why Fiats were so thrilling to drive and so s****y to own, why Italians should stop the design of a car before getting to motors and electronics, and appreciate the quirks of Ladas and Tatas, then there will be a lot of touch points for you here. The hyperbolic title is there to se [...]

    18. Not actually the worst car ever, just the most notorious shitty carMalcolm Bricklin a serial entrepreneur of disaster, also responsible for importing the Subaru 360, which was one of the few cars that ever received a not recommended rating by Consumer Reports for its poor safety (since it weighed less than 1000lbs, it was exempt from safety standards and qualified as a “covered motorcycle”). Bricklin also basically extorted money out of the Canadian government to build his Bricklin SV-1 spor [...]

    19. This really was entertaining as as the author notes in the introduction (after drawing your attention in), the car really was the worst in America for the latter half of the 20th century if nothing else.Decent look at the motivating forces (cheapness especially) along with the considerations that led to it being the one-hit wonder in the US that it was. (As of the book's publication, it was estimated less than 1000 of the 150000 imported still work.) Entertaining too that each chapter began with [...]

    20. I read this quickly and enjoyed it, more or less, but I think it could have been a lot better. It is more about the businessman Malcolm Bricklin than about the Yugo. Even at just over 200 pages, it repeats some of what it says quite a bit and doesn't go into much detail about what should have been interesting.Particular annoyances (that may be more about me) - I don't understand why a book about Serbs can't have the right accent marks in names like "Milosovic." Is Jason Vuic, the author, a Serb, [...]

    21. History is usually told in only a few ways. Some historians focus on the wars between nations. Other histories are based on the leaders of a nation. Some focus on seminal events, such as the moon landing. Rarely is history told by the rise and fall of a single care, especially a lemon. But Dr. Vuic does just that and he held my attention throughout. It made me reminisce about my own cars starting with my first, a 1978 Ford Fiesta which I bought from my father in 1983. That car never had any prob [...]

    22. An interesting look at the history of the Yugo, a car that everyone has heard of but few know the details of. It's an interesting story, and Malcom Bricklin - who was responsible not only for the Yugo, but for the Bricklin gullwinged sports car, the original import of the Subaru, and (a fact that was new to me) the import of the Pinafarina and Bertone cars in the early 80's. It was easy to read and very detailed. It's also a reminder that the Yugo was the Yugo at least partly because of communis [...]

    23. first of all, author clearly doesnt even know how this car is looking or going.I had my first car a 45 model, without any of cool gadgets for US market, and he NEVER broke down, my windows were working fine, engine was small but fun, true copy of Italian design of 70's .I went with him all around the Europe with only hammer and a wrench for help, as it was that easy to fix anything.Engine was licenced from Fiat, not badst of interior was poor, but u didnt cry if anything broke, hhehe.I had insid [...]

    24. Interesting book about a subject I really knew nothing about.The author shows why the Yugo actually wasn't really the worst car in history, though it is often thought of that way in US popular culture. (While the car definitely suffered from a number of quality problems, any automobile sold in the US must pass fairly rigorous safety and emissions tests and is a relatively decent car, as the author explains.) It would be more accurate to describe it as a car sold in the 1980s with 1960s technolog [...]

    25. What is the difference between a Yugo and a golf ball? You can drive a golf ball 200 yards. I have to say that this book surprised me. I was expecting a book that would do nothing more and pan the Yugo, make fun of it, slam it, and do everything you can think of to take advantage of its past. However, this book is a very enjoyable read in the fact that it really doesn't do that. Instead it digs down deep into the Yugo's past as to how and why it came to America. The book includes talking about t [...]

    26. Absolutely fascinating. It is not so much about the Yugo itself, per se, as about the insane hucksters and corporate hustlers that surrounded its boom and bust in the 80's. The story of Malcolm Bricklin alone reads like a character out of a Carl Hiassen novel, and when you mix in the Cold War politics and capitalist/communist gulfs of understanding and expectations, it becomes an amazing novel about the entire era of the latter 80's. You will feel very bad for the poor Yugo factory workers, thou [...]

    27. This was an interesting book. It described how the Yugo was developed, how it was brought the US, etc. I learned about the politics of Yugosolovia, and the influence upon the car, as well as the 80's junk bond culture which led to the funding.What the book didn't seem to address is it's title. Why is the Yugo the worst car in history? I would have wanted to hear specific instances of owners who had issues with the car(the only one was of a woman in Michigan who's car went off a bridge). There we [...]

    28. I've always been fascinated by "loser" cars: my first car was a Studebaker, and I've also owned a Renault 10, a Chevrolet Metro, and a Daewoo Leganza. Rooting for the underdog or just really suck at choosing cars, I don't know. Anyway, this history of the Yugo was entertaining, well-written, and had lots of background. Who knew Malcolm Bricklin could be so conniving? Could the Yugo have been saved if Yugoslavia hadn't imploded? Probably not, but it might have lasted longer. If you're fascinated [...]

    29. The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History is nearly as fascinating as the car brand it delves into. A large section of the book focuses on Malcolm Bricklin, who continues to have a hand in a multitude of flops that never worked out for anyone involved - save for Subaru. While the book in parts does feel like its rambling in order find enough history to fill a book, as someone who has an interest in cars and business, I was never forced to continue reading. Though the author makes a [...]

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