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Jamie Kelly

Cedar Rapids, IA United States | Listener Since 2005

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jason Vuic
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (275)

    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 that embraced and discarded it is rollicking and astounding, and it is one of the greatest untold business-cum-morality tales of the 1980s.

    Roy says: "Flim Flam at its Best"
    "A fascinating look at the car behind the punchline"
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    The Yugo is known these days mostly as a punchline. The car's terrible build quality, Communist heritage and oft-bankrupt importer, Malcolm Bricklin, obscure the fascinating connection between the Yugo, consumerism, fads, the Savings and Loan crisis of the 80s, junk bond traders and more.

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