Why Everyone Wanted the Worst Car in the World

2021-ж., 11-янв.
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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 MediaАй мурун
    • Apology accepted! I was just on my way to diss you for saying that xD

      Luka MarinovLuka Marinov11 саат мурун
    • you got it all wrong... at least the history part

      Just VasiliJust Vasili3 күн мурун
    • I was about to start ranting but i saw this comment 😌

      Vladimir SpasicVladimir Spasic5 күн мурун
    • @Building on a Budget Models Tito jedan jedini yugo is the best car ever created right after golf 2

      Suza KocevaSuza Koceva5 күн мурун
    • You forgot that Kosovo is serbia.

      serbian wolf gamingserbian wolf gaming6 күн мурун
  • I feel all edjimacated now that I know this.

    baddoggie101baddoggie1015 саат мурун
  • Крагујевац. Пичко.

    Samo KidamSamo Kidam7 саат мурун
  • Koliko nas ima ajde 🇧🇦🇭🇷🇷🇸😁

    Iljo OPCIljo OPC10 саат мурун
  • Yugoslavia had a history of making export goods worse than stuff for domestic sale. So I wouldn't be surprised if Yugos here in Yugoslavia were better then the US ones.

    Luka MarinovLuka Marinov11 саат мурун
  • Yugo of America folded because Yugoslavia folded.

    Luka MarinovLuka Marinov11 саат мурун
  • It has a soul u just gotta love it or hate it and i wonder how much better zastava would get better today.

    Mladen NikolicMladen Nikolic15 саат мурун
  • I'm from Serbia, and i have to say, it's fun to drive a Yugo, it's cheap, around 200-300 usd, and it's better to sit in a car, than on a bike :'D P.s. Pozdrav svima sa Balkana, od Srbije do Slovenije ✌️

    Daniel IvanovicDaniel Ivanovic16 саат мурун
  • Bruh you should first get some real informations,than talk

    televizor samsungtelevizor samsung17 саат мурун
  • When someone’s talking about something that he’s doesn’t know nothing about. What a ignoramus.

    Dionisio LouroDionisio Louro18 саат мурун
  • Yugoslavia was not soviet block tho

    DainarrDainarr20 саат мурун
  • 1:24 the Kosovo is and always will be part of Serbia. Don't cut it off again.

    premovicc.mpremovicc.m21 саат мурун
  • Nothing to do with the point of the video, I know, but that Genesis gag? That wasn't a Genesis song.

    Jacob ThrallJacob Thrall21 саат мурун

    Kiko BachKiko BachКүн мурун
  • The best cars people can purchase in the 1980s are the 1986 to 1989 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z and Ford Mustang GT same years in terms of performance and horsepower.

    Marlon M PerezMarlon M PerezКүн мурун
  • Hat er gerade Fussballtable gesagt 😅

    mra mtbmra mtbКүн мурун
  • You spelled zastava wrong. Its not zastAva its zAstava. I just wanted to say that.

    GojaGojaКүн мурун
  • If only they were sold in finland, Id propaply own one. My dream car, just bare bones car without anything useless shit cars these days are filled. Would love to own one. Its like Lada Samara here in finland, cheap bare bones communist car that other half loved and other half loved to hate. I respect this kind of cars, less is more. All this safety and comfort shit is useless 😃

    Joni AlaniemiJoni AlaniemiКүн мурун
  • Yugo terible who say that

    zarLazarLaКүн мурун
  • Yugo Is best

    maxmaxКүн мурун
  • Never heard of it, I was expecting the Lexus sc

    David T. YoungDavid T. YoungКүн мурун
  • Remember if you total a yugo its cheaper to buy a new one than repairing it

    minkraft gams pro 420xxminkraft gams pro 420xxКүн мурун
  • Beautiful Titolinium powered by the brotherhood and unity of thr people of Yugoslavia

    Senpai_from_MostarSenpai_from_MostarКүн мурун
  • Hmmm sounds like India's Maruti 800

    DhyanDhyan2 күн мурун
  • As far as i know, the after called Yugo was the Fiat project intended to replace the 127 in the early 80's. But the design was evaluated as too old and conservative by the Fiat management, so the more modern Uno was developed by Fiat. The original design was sold to Zastava and became the Yugo

    buiosobuioso2 күн мурун
  • What do you call yugo going up a hill? A miracle

    Samson ThemightySamson Themighty2 күн мурун
  • 2:29 is a clip from my hometown

    KibaONE87KibaONE872 күн мурун
  • Yugoslavia wasn't part of the Soviet Union....

    William EglerWilliam Egler2 күн мурун
  • Fun fact - Yugoslavia was not part of the east block.

    fischXfischX2 күн мурун
  • yu-go, yu-not-go

    Vanja CanjugaVanja Canjuga2 күн мурун
  • Believe it or not, Yugo vehicles that were kept here in Serbia, are actually better than the one's built for the American industry.

    CaernarvonCaernarvon2 күн мурун
  • Than theres me from croatia listening to this and wondering why does everyone say yugoslavia was comunist hmmmmm? With my knowledge it was none of those things it was fighting against fascism and stuff like that anyways ignore this we are talking about the car however if i am wrong please correct me ty

    KK GamesKK Games2 күн мурун
  • Made by people alienated from the products of their labor, eh?

    dk6024dk60242 күн мурун
  • I would argue that trabant is far worse

    Republika DugaveRepublika Dugave2 күн мурун
  • Speaking about Yugo nobody ever mention during NATO bombing Zastava factory was crush down, with a lot of small simpatic Yugos inside.

    Majorfatal1Majorfatal12 күн мурун
  • And why it is worst car? It was a very good and useful car for that year but the problem with the fat americans is they wanted and buyed so much this car but they hate it and considered this car for the worst because it was not made in the USA.

    TechDigeTechDige2 күн мурун
  • Delete the video iam from macedonia i feel offended i feel ashamed that i followed you for so long,learn a little history my friend

    Александар ЃеоргиевскиАлександар Ѓеоргиевски2 күн мурун
  • jugo is a tank in the balkans.I drove juga coral 45 i drove it for fifteen years.I never stopped on the way.jugo is a beast. Btw im from serbia

    Marko TodorovicMarko Todorovic2 күн мурун
  • True story. I was watching the evening news and a segment came on showing the first Yugo to come off the ship. It didn’t start.

    Sailor DaveSailor Dave2 күн мурун
  • Kosovo is serbia

  • When trying to pronounce Balkan words with C at the end, just replace C with S so it would sound like C not a K

    zkljajazkljaja3 күн мурун
  • Yugoslavia also sold you your space program which was also partly developed by the same company yugo came from.

    Vore667Vore6673 күн мурун
  • Yugoslavia was not part of USSR man

    Toni SToni S3 күн мурун
  • Man you suck...at least learn what you talk about....Your pronounce is comedy central....

    Dean BakarčićDean Bakarčić3 күн мурун

    The Car GamerThe Car Gamer3 күн мурун
  • Yugoslavia wasnt part of soviet union wrong it was democratic comunistic state not to soviet union

    Lan DobnikLan Dobnik3 күн мурун
  • Yugo is good

    Lan DobnikLan Dobnik3 күн мурун
  • Also: The problem with driving a Yugo... ... is that the Czech engine light is always on.

    Perry LovePerry Love3 күн мурун
  • Zastava makes a hell of an AK.

    Perry LovePerry Love3 күн мурун
  • "YUGO - You Go but car doesn't"

    MrKnego777MrKnego7773 күн мурун
  • 0:31 "like a Lada... awful things..."

    Ryan McGrawRyan McGraw4 күн мурун
  • Kind of reminds of the Pepsi deal with the Soviets that ended up with Pepsi owning a bunch of Russian war ships. The Pepsi Cola Navy.

    David KlostermanDavid Klosterman4 күн мурун
  • This looks like the 4x4 ADA in DayZ

    juan vidaljuan vidal4 күн мурун
  • Lear some history. Don't be dumb. Yugoslavia was never part of Eastern block. Also we all have cars, mostly German and French. There were car factory's for citroen, renault and vw...

    E. F.E. F.4 күн мурун
  • What nonsense you speak smh

    ma nem nemma nem nem4 күн мурун
  • You are not from Balkan, you are not allowed to speak about Yugo. 😂

    Andrija MilojevićAndrija Milojević4 күн мурун
  • Again mistake, your American propaganda is wrong again. Yugoslavia was never Soviet. Communist yes but never in Soviet union. You had west (NATO today) And Soviet, and also there was a third party called independent or something like that, well we were in the middle and didn't belong to West or East. Tito was hanging out with African countries and that wasn't Soviet Union. Yugo was crappy but cost double here and was worst than version you got. We paid for your cheap import to balance the cost to factory. Also Kragujevac and Zastava have nothing with Croatia and Bosnia it's like you compare Detroit belong to California or Florida. We didn't have much but had enough factories and we had everything until your Democracy came here and that was the end of humanity here. you are the worst of the worst.

    Zeljko SimicZeljko Simic4 күн мурун
  • yugo 45 - yugoslavia in shits since 1945

    Ban ChuBan Chu4 күн мурун
  • Fact check before making a video. Yugoslavia was not aligned with the USSR.

    Nick NeftenovNick Neftenov4 күн мурун
  • Well, we know it in Mexico as a CARIBE.

    Jorge PachecoJorge Pacheco4 күн мурун
  • Marshal Tito said to Soviet’s defined NO. *Soviet staged their tenks along side Hungarian border * people in Yugoslavia armed themselves to the teeth and were ready to die to defend their country *soviets turned around and went home This was in the 50s I believe’54 and I was born 1970 in Yugoslavia

    NotYou ImmuneNotYou Immune4 күн мурун
  • We had a Zastava GTL55 in Europe, Hungary in the 90's. It was not so bad! It was even a higher level than a Lada. It was bad in the USA of course because you had a lot of bigger and better cars!

    SirDrakeNewcanonSirDrakeNewcanon4 күн мурун
  • I still own and drive a yugo!

    Lee's BelgradeLee's Belgrade4 күн мурун
  • If you learn to drive Yugo you can drive anything 👊

    Nenad ArsenijevicNenad Arsenijevic4 күн мурун
  • Looks like a Maruti-Suzuki 800

    Dishank NayalDishank Nayal5 күн мурун
  • Actually Yugoslavia was not in good relationship with SSR mostly. SSR try to rule it as Czechoslovakia and most of military resource of Yugoslavia was point to Soviet ruled country at that time.

    jackbjackb5 күн мурун
  • Ima li brace iz Kragujevca

    vasilije glisovicvasilije glisovic5 күн мурун
  • Jugoslavia was not in Soviet Union

    Marko KostićMarko Kostić5 күн мурун
  • Rear window heaters are installed so u can warm up when ure pusing it to start.

    Srdjan JakovljevicSrdjan Jakovljevic5 күн мурун
  • wow, talk about insider trading. one year after the release of the justy in japan. probably hurt his own company, but made a pretty profit for himself.

    RedFathomRedFathom5 күн мурун
  • You don't know what you taking about , Yugo was my first car is Serbia , it's great vehicle .

    Borivoje hadzitancicBorivoje hadzitancic5 күн мурун
  • Noah, it's still something great about yugo. When it need to be repaired, it's ultimately cheaper then any other car. So if you wanna made some compromisees it's more than fine. To do repairs just need to know what's wrong whit it, buy a spear part, and from tolls you need just screwdriver, 5 wrenches (8,10,13,17,19mm), few pieces of wire and job is done. Everybody know it's more than bad car but still love him because it's cheep and standard in Balkan is not great, speciali in the 1990s. It's simple people was happy because they can afford any car, that's the reason why is the great car. Just keep up whit nice content you are great.

    Aleksandar PorcicAleksandar Porcic6 күн мурун
  • I thought you know better Very disappointed in you specially with all this nonsense and mistakes Be a man and correct this rubbish or i guarantee you will loose followers

    GP ScrapperGP Scrapper6 күн мурун
  • What do you call a four door Yugo? Wego

    William EnglishWilliam English6 күн мурун
  • Dude... Yugoslavia was not in the Soviet Union. It had a communist regime, but not aligned 100% to the Soviet totalitarianism. That's why it was able to sell cars to the West. If you tell a Balkan person they were Soviet, you will have a lot to explain. Hehehe!

    pablo barrerapablo barrera6 күн мурун
  • Nolan: the worst car ever yugo Reliant robin, trabant, pt cruiser: am i joke to you

    Google Translate SerbiaGoogle Translate Serbia6 күн мурун
  • Kragujevac lik citrus or cirkus idn

    Google Translate SerbiaGoogle Translate Serbia6 күн мурун
  • You did not try Yugo 65. I call it the beast. Ultimate poor people racing machine.

    Sasha MilanovicSasha Milanovic6 күн мурун
  • Yugo is actually very reliable car, and genuinely good fun with friends doing dumb stuff with the car. U can literally buy it for 150€

    Milan KunčakMilan Kunčak6 күн мурун
  • Kra-gu-ye-vats

    MrJupiterrMrJupiterr6 күн мурун
  • 1:24 KOSOVO IS SERBIA!!!

    serbian wolf gamingserbian wolf gaming6 күн мурун

    serbian wolf gamingserbian wolf gaming6 күн мурун
  • I have quite a few problems with this video. First and foremost, Yugoslavia was never the part of the Soviet Union. It was socialist country, which played an important role in Cold war, so you two big shots wouldn't wreck the whole World. Please check your history facts. And that is such an important segment of this video, because much of your cultural understanding and presenting the Yugo comes from this misinformation. Moreover, it was cheaply built, but it wasn't that bad. That car is pure mechanics. You have no computer in the car, but you have a clutch and actual gearbox, something that, I have heard, Americans struggle with. Sorry for this, it may not be true. How you service Yugo is the answer how much it will serve you. You can ask that every single mechanic from the Balkans and pretty much everyone will tell you the same. Even today in Serbia we drive Yugo, and they stopped manufacturing it like 15 years ago. It is an ultimate car for rally here, many first drivers are driving it etc.

    Miloš PetrovićMiloš Petrović6 күн мурун
  • One more thing about YUGO you didn't tell: For Zastava to achieve the low selling price you mentioned, they had to reduce the quality of this car even further, so the cars you got in USA were even lower quality than the ones for home market. Also, at the time, most the production cars here were in 40-60bhp range, so lack of power wasnt so obvious as in USA. And two more things about Yugoslavia: Among those "other smaller counties" is Slovenia, which was the most developed part of Yugoslavia at the time. Yugoslavia was never Soviet (as a few other commenters pointed out). It was the only communist county that stood up against Soviet.

    Martin MarcMartin Marc6 күн мурун
  • Yugo nowhere lol 😂

    Milton RamosMilton Ramos7 күн мурун
  • The Yugo is still such a common sight to see in Serbia. They're cheap but they never die.

    Martin VirágMartin Virág7 күн мурун
  • Yugoslavia is not Sovet Union

    Aleksandar SpasicAleksandar Spasic7 күн мурун
  • I had a 1987 Yugo GV that I bought back in 2001 from a collector. I only paid like $300! I loved it! I wish I still had it.

    Stevenimich ArchangelStevenimich Archangel7 күн мурун
  • So this is Mirage of the 80s?

    Virginia KingsfordVirginia Kingsford7 күн мурун
  • They introduced the Yugo brand in Germany in 1990, but unfortunately the civil war in former jugoslavia stopped the production in 1992 and the importer went bust. I can´t even remember seeing one in the flesh and even after looking for years there is almost never one up for sale in Germany or its neighbours.

    Timico1000Timico10007 күн мурун
  • Yugo is not from the Soviet Union. Zastava is building Fiat 500L up to this date. I know a lot of pre 90'ies Zastavas that are still functional. I know there were some issues with sending cars to the US, but Zastava actually opened the doors of US market for VW and Audi and many other European manufacturers. For the Yugo, it and Škoda were the most innovative products from Eastern Block countries. In 1992, when you say Yugo closed, actually, the Yugoslavia collapsed in the four year war. And the title of the worst car ever, it was manufactured by the TopGear journalist as a sarcastic view of Balkan wars.

    neandertalacneandertalac7 күн мурун
  • The one and only car that literally got blown off the Mackinac Bridge in an October 1989 gale storm.

    First name Last nameFirst name Last name7 күн мурун
  • The yugo in europe has 45hp 55hp and 65hp and its fun around the chorners

    Dzemal ShabanovskiDzemal Shabanovski7 күн мурун
  • Thanks to this export business, domestic Yugos became somewhat better because, eventually, all tiny improvements for American market found their way here. Overall, main problems with Yugo were terrible build quality and lack of proper control in the factory. Concept and technologies were sound for cheap city car from that era.

    Mandrak789Mandrak7897 күн мурун
  • I really like the the simplicity and purity of the Yugo. If it wasn't for it's poor quality and reliability, I would really buy one some day.

    Jonas SJonas S7 күн мурун
  • Well it seams like it had the same build quality as us cars back then :D

    kps666dekps666de8 күн мурун
  • I LIKE "Tubthumping", dammit!

    John DesmondJohn Desmond8 күн мурун
  • Yugoslavia wasn't part of the Soviet Union, not geographically, not legally and wasn't even allied with them. Not all communist countries were the Soviet Union😂

    Giovanni _FGiovanni _F8 күн мурун
  • What do you call a 4 door yugo ? ... Yu all go

    kevin kiddkevin kidd8 күн мурун
  • In Serbia we had even worse car called zastava 101. Both of them was made 40 years with minor changes. And the production ended 2008, I cant tell what was the reason for that 😂😂😂

    Slavisa TrifunovicSlavisa Trifunovic8 күн мурун