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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  • 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 Mediaپیش 6 روز
    • This Ep was pretty much Up-to-Speed on the Yugo

      MaxxVeloMaxxVeloپیش 12 ساعت
    • As a proud Yugoslavian I can say I came here for the YUGO and not a history lesson. But still very glad that the pinned comment exists as it's accurate. Highly recommend watching the WEIGHT OF CHAINS movie to see how it all fell apart. Here is something that won't shock you... USA had something to do with it...

      TheClownPrinceOfCrimeTheClownPrinceOfCrimeپیش 2 روز
    • @Dzoni Johnny yes

      Persona CallidaPersona Callidaپیش 2 روز
    • @Persona Callida what was it? Stalinism?

      Dzoni JohnnyDzoni Johnnyپیش 2 روز
    • USSR was not communist

      Persona CallidaPersona Callidaپیش 2 روز
  • 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

    Jim Williams Smederevo SerbiaJim Williams Smederevo Serbiaپیش 6 دقیقه
  • A Camaro proves that capitalism rules

    Matt RobertsMatt Robertsپیش 3 ساعت
  • Drowning Mona, anyone? That movie was written around the Yugo lmao

    dustin brownleedustin brownleeپیش 3 ساعت
  • 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 Likaپیش 9 ساعت
  • Can you call it a glorified lawn mower if it never mowed lawns?

    Seth WootenSeth Wootenپیش 10 ساعت
  • Yep but damn they ate fun to juice up sense so light

    DR SensuBeanDR SensuBeanپیش 10 ساعت
  • Not many of them came to Jamaica

    kennedy singhkennedy singhپیش 13 ساعت
  • 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 Jovanovicپیش 13 ساعت
  • Am I the only one that thinks 0-60mph in 14 seconds is actually pretty fast? 😂

    The CustomerThe Customerپیش 15 ساعت
  • I have a tee shirt with a Yugo on it, one of my favorites lol.

    M BM Bپیش 19 ساعت
  • My first car is Yugo🙂

    gardistasrpski989gardistasrpski989پیش 20 ساعت
  • 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 fish281پیش 22 ساعت
  • 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 Johnsonپیش روز
  • We also bombed the factory.

    Patrick LynchPatrick Lynchپیش روز
    • We never forgot this

      gardistasrpski989gardistasrpski989پیش 20 ساعت
  • There was a Yugo convertible and the top of the line Yugo was called the gvx.

    philagethechefphilagethechefپیش روز
  • your pronounce is so bad

    Pacino GamingPacino Gamingپیش روز
  • Capitalism > Communism.

    lil layzie93lil layzie93پیش روز
  • I found an abandoned, 6-wheeled Yugo with a truck bed in the woods once. Cool stuff

    Sarrus25Sarrus25پیش روز
  • I'd say let's start saying "if things go yogo" instead of "if things go south." Wait...'yogo' means south!

    King kingKing kingپیش روز
  • 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 Whitneyپیش روز
  • where was Ralph Nader when American really needed him?

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

    DariuneDariuneپیش روز
  • 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_haleپیش روز
  • You forgot golf 2

    Almin 568Almin 568پیش روز
  • Zna Batistuta sta valja.

    Milan LudoskiMilan Ludoskiپیش روز
  • You should see yugo in rally

    Dark KillerDark Killerپیش روز
  • World : Yugo GV Indians : Maruti 800 lmao 💀

    BhagatBhagatپیش روز
  • A Yugo was blown off the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.

    M.T. O.M.T. O.پیش روز
  • like all horrible cars, it all started with a fiat

    DariuneDariuneپیش روز
  • I have one😢

    Leroy JenkinsLeroy Jenkinsپیش روز
  • 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

    ImTheMartImTheMartپیش روز
  • 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 Cپیش روز
  • Could you americans name the other countries of yugoslavia

    Rok LukmanRok Lukmanپیش 2 روز
  • I loved my old Yugo. It was garbage and never got me very far. (: It didn't have a CD player or an 8 Track BTW.

    ricky vricky vپیش 2 روز

    connectionlost migratingconnectionlost migratingپیش 2 روز
  • Bruh! I love watching this guy 😂 had me rolling 😂 🤣🤣🤣

    Sherwin ScottSherwin Scottپیش 2 روز
  • I know a pastor that put 90,000 miles on his Yugo. He is 6’ 7” and his son was 6’ as a young teenager. His wife and daughter weren’t quite as tall but somehow they all fit in the car.

    Matt LawlerMatt Lawlerپیش 2 روز
  • My friends and me haved a idea for a project yugo,we wanted to pack 1l inline 6 from honda cbx,change the suspension,stuck in sport intake and exaust,change a gearbox littlebit and maybe set of new alluminium whells some nice brakes.

    kverpikverpiپیش 2 روز
  • Me, my brother Chris, another mechanic Scott and our boss Howard were the head mechanics for Yugo North America. I and my brother towed 4 of their best crapboxes to the Chicago Autoshow to further the brand. When we worked on them we were replacing camshafts at 2500 miles. One time I was coming back from Yugo North America in Ramsey NJ and the stick broke off in my hand. We drove em like we stole em. I will never forget the sad but crazy fun we had doing that. P.S. we called it the Nogo. Good Times

    Ken QuigsKen Quigsپیش 2 روز
  • Yugo was produced in up until the late 2000s under the name Zastava Koral

    A Stick & 3 PedalsA Stick & 3 Pedalsپیش 2 روز
  • Srbijaaaaaaa 🇷🇸🇷🇸🇷🇸🇷🇸🇷🇸

    A Stick & 3 PedalsA Stick & 3 Pedalsپیش 2 روز
  • The map of Serbia is wrong

    A Stick & 3 PedalsA Stick & 3 Pedalsپیش 2 روز
    • Missed southern territory

      gardistasrpski989gardistasrpski989پیش 20 ساعت
  • I saw one in Italy, I think it was 1992. I was 8, already liked cars, loved hot hatchbacks and disliked big saloons. When I saw it, I thought "what a bad looking car". And I was just 8!

    Snarl616Snarl616پیش 2 روز
  • why is slovenia a other smaller country

    Ghosy 9640Ghosy 9640پیش 2 روز
  • Yugo overtook Tesla afterall 😁🤷‍♂️

  • Take back what you said about "Tubthumping"

    Stankus DankusStankus Dankusپیش 2 روز
  • It was actually more like Fiat ritmo than Fiat 127

    Luka MladenovicLuka Mladenovicپیش 2 روز
  • The indian version was the Maruti suzuki 800

    Swain c shineSwain c shineپیش 2 روز
  • What happens if you step on the gas pedal in a Yugo? Nothing!! You go nowhere.

    Robert BairdRobert Bairdپیش 2 روز
  • It’ll definitely be worth to K or J swap these

    RainbowRailroadCrossingRainbowRailroadCrossingپیش 2 روز
  • More yugo jokes for ya Original slogan: With it, yugo nowhere Why does a yugo have red lines on the back window They warm your hands while you push it

    Joe BarnettJoe Barnettپیش 2 روز
  • Yugo is like communism, the idea sounds great until you live through it.

    CecilCecilپیش 2 روز
  • My uncle still has a YUGO!! We would have 8-10 people in this car at one point hahahah.

    TheClownPrinceOfCrimeTheClownPrinceOfCrimeپیش 2 روز
  • I have a uncle that used to work in a shop and these things came in all the time, and he told that with the Yugo “9 times out of 10 the *IDIOTS* wouldn’t change or fill up the oil! The other 1 time out of 10 they wouldn’t change out the brakes and clean out the air filter!” He loved that car! He just hated the idiots that trashed it, or thought they didn’t have to do anything with it because it was cheap!

    smashkiller64smashkiller64پیش 2 روز
  • Great video! Next: The story of Lada Niva!

    DanRyzESPUKDanRyzESPUKپیش 2 روز
  • My parents' Geo Metro was faster🐌

    mirthenarymirthenaryپیش 2 روز
  • Косово је Србија!

    GO Loco DesignGO Loco Designپیش 2 روز
  • Hmm let me guess, it was cheap?

    DuBstep115DuBstep115پیش 2 روز
  • My neighbor drives a modified yugo!

    NotroHolixNotroHolixپیش 2 روز
  • Funny... I was talking about my moms yugo and bam here’s yah video of it... phones watching me isn’t it? My mom had an 87 yugo with a puddle jumping motor and 5speed. She hit 5deer with it with hardly any damage from them. No clutch safety switch so when my mom got gas, she left it in gear went inside the store, my brother decided to start it for her on her way out, car lunches forward with a slight turn and bumps into the gas pump pillar. Think it had 180k miles before it died and was always breaking down from losing spark over heating etc

    Yoopertube Unlimited servicesYoopertube Unlimited servicesپیش 2 روز
  • 14 seconds 0 to 60. BUT. a caprice diesel did it in 20 seconds. honestly 14 secs sounds a bit too fast you know. but it's just couple of seconds off the same as some 350 small block chevies did in the 80s.

    Lassi Kinnunen 81Lassi Kinnunen 81پیش 2 روز
  • the saddest part to me as a brazilian watching this is remember that here we had a cars like this until the end of 90's

    Christian ValenteChristian Valenteپیش 2 روز
  • My grandpa won it on lottery Bingo, in 98' i think... We sold that yugo couple of months ago for 200$... Rip my boi..

    Bogdan StojanovicBogdan Stojanovicپیش 2 روز
  • at 3:40 it is the last Yugo produced: "Bye, there is no more 3.11.2008 LAST YUGO from paint shop" p.s. btw, Yugoslavia wasn't part of the USSR

    mikrosommikrosomپیش 2 روز
  • My old girl had a Toyota Corolla of the same era. Trust me, it didn’t come with much either. Cup holders, AC, air vents was luxury car things.

    Patrick van der LaanPatrick van der Laanپیش 2 روز
  • Briklin looks like Saul Goodman.

    MyCarsMyCarsپیش 2 روز
  • Still a better car than "tesla" 🤣

    Babo BabovicBabo Babovicپیش 2 روز
  • i just say: Mercedes 168 A class

    SnowStorm75SnowStorm75پیش 2 روز
  • 1:23 Americans....

    Ein RentnerEin Rentnerپیش 2 روز
  • i love the yugo

    RandomramRandomramپیش 2 روز
  • Dude you didn't mention the shifter and how awful it is

    Petar KopicPetar Kopicپیش 2 روز
  • I would rather have a Lada; at least those are rear wheel drive.

    Jax RhapsodyJax Rhapsodyپیش 2 روز
  • Please do a video on the scion tc please, its probably the only 2000s car you guys havent covered thats a 2door hatch. (Please shine a positive light on it lol)

    nappywootznappywootzپیش 2 روز
  • пфн

    aleksander popovaleksander popovپیش 3 روز
  • BAD car GREAT video EDITING done WELL :)

    Jordan ThomsonJordan Thomsonپیش 3 روز

    Serb.Serb.پیش 3 روز
  • You got most of it right, however, Yugoslavia was not part of USSR.

    traelztraelzپیش 3 روز
  • This video just shows that you do not know this car at all. This was the most reliable low budget car on Balkans. You could fill it up and drive for days, and for maintanance is diy mostly and cheap. Its not beautiful, but its a budget car made for everyone. So I advise you to do a research regarding the "worst" car, since there are like 20 models from other manufacturers that are awful, unreliable and consuming gas as old rusty chevy.

    PietrusPietrusپیش 3 روز
  • A man walks into a Yugo dealership and demands to speak to the manager. He Says “I bought this Yugo and it’s a piece of junk! It’s absolutely terrible! I tried going up the hill on my street and it will only go up to 45!” The manager says “45 up a hill?!? That’s amazing for a Yugo!” The man replied “No! It’s absolutely horrible! I live at 53!”

    MrJayrock620MrJayrock620پیش 3 روز
  • Oh yeah, I remember those! The use once and throw away car.

    Steven NoblinSteven Noblinپیش 3 روز
  • Why americans compare todays american cars to yugos from 80s

    JK KalushJK Kalushپیش 3 روز
  • Its cheap but it was better tnan any your american cars built at that time(no hate)

    JK KalushJK Kalushپیش 3 روز
  • 1:23 u missed the map

    JK KalushJK Kalushپیش 3 روز
  • Yugo is the best put in it 200 hp engine and you can race 100000000hp supra😂

    JK KalushJK Kalushپیش 3 روز
  • It kinda looks like a golf

    Muffin ManMuffin Manپیش 3 روز
  • My dad had one before he passed away in 96. I loved that little commy car.

    Boudro01Boudro01پیش 3 روز
  • I’m going to buy a Yugo and attach some rotors to it converting it into a drone.

    Michael HriscaMichael Hriscaپیش 3 روز
  • A semi truck passing a Yugo will make it go airborne.

    Michael HriscaMichael Hriscaپیش 3 روز
  • I bought a chevette in '97 for $50... Wasn't much better.. top speed was 55mph but it would get Mad..

    Jay WilliamsJay Williamsپیش 3 روز
  • Yugo dealerships be like: "If you order now in the next 20 minutes because we can't do this all day, you'll get your second dent absolutely free!"

    Tung Ming XuanTung Ming Xuanپیش 3 روز
  • Zastava makes much better AK-47's than automobiles.

    LoneWanderer360LoneWanderer360پیش 3 روز
  • "World's worst car." Lada: Am I a joke to you?

    LoneWanderer360LoneWanderer360پیش 3 روز
    • @gardistasrpski989 well, I didn't called Zaporozhets Lada. I said *Zaporozhets* is WORSE THAN *Lada*

      Фейковый аккаунтФейковый аккаунтپیش 20 ساعت
    • @Фейковый аккаунт But,Zaporozhets isnt Lada,its ZAZ

      gardistasrpski989gardistasrpski989پیش 20 ساعت
    • Lada is not that bad actually(but yeah, it's shit). The car called "Zaporozhets" was even worse. It's so bad, that Lada would look and feel like Lexus(or other kind of luxury car) after that piece of scrapped crap

      Фейковый аккаунтФейковый аккаунтپیش 2 روز
  • So I just dialed 1800-USA-YUGO. would you believe call didn't go through? Talk about terrible customer service!!

    cookmcphersoncookmcphersonپیش 3 روز
  • Zaaaaaastava🤣

    ShadowBreakerShadowBreakerپیش 3 روز
  • I am from country where its made ( or where it was made, production ended in 2008) and fun fact i have friends who races yugos (we have two classes mali n ~60hp and hybrid ~85hp with a really strict rules)

    Emil FetaEmil Fetaپیش 3 روز
  • One thing that's always fascinated me is why people add unnecessary details that they can't get right. "The Yugo was named after the country of Yugoslavia." Okay, now we know where it was built... great. "The town of Kragujavac." *proceeds to butcher name* Okay... I'm not sure how that's necessary. You could have spent 30 seconds typing 'how to pronounce Kragujavac' into IRworld and gotten it right... or just skip it... but fine butchering it's another option.

    TimTimپیش 3 روز
  • Is it wrong that I kind of want one

    crisismcnoodlecrisismcnoodleپیش 3 روز
  • Do NOT drive one across the Mackinaw Bridge in Michigan.

    Matthew DavisMatthew Davisپیش 3 روز
  • Ah, the Yugo is a luxury car compared to the Trabant. ;-; There was a contest, first prize was a new Yugo, second prize was two new Yugos. ;-D

    T'airn'KAT'airn'KAپیش 3 روز