Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the automobile now infamous for its fragility and unreliability, whose very name strikes fear into the hearts of mechanics everywhere, the car compared to which all others are performance vehicles. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Yugo:
Yugo introduced its unreliable, underpowered, hopelessly antiquated GV hatchback in 1986 to worldwide jeering and derision, a level of scorn that only grew as people became more familiar with the intrinsic problems with an ancient Fiat design assembled with the meticulous disregard and thorough apathy of Yugoslavia's Zastava auto group.

The GV's carbureted, 61-horsepower four-cylinder engine, its antediluvian suspension design, and four-speed manual transmission were part of the problem. The remainder of the car constituted the rest of the problem.

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My uncle has a classic line--he says that the Yugo's optional rear-window defroster is useful mostly to keep your hands warm when you're pushing it.
Worst. Car. Ever.

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