Yugo GV
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Yugo
Model: GV
Yugo GV

The Zastava Koral, which is known in the United States simply as the Yugo, is a subcompact vehicle built by the Zastava Corporation. Zastava was founded as an arms maker in 1853. By the late 1930s the company had expanded into the automobile industry and was supplying Ford designed trucks to the Yugoslav Army. This manner of vehicle production continued until 1941 when World War II began affecting Yugoslavia. Following the war Zastava was allowed to manufacture Jeeps under license from Willys-Overland until that arrangement was halted in the early 1950s. Anyhow, the GV design was based on the components of the Fiat 127 and the Fiat 128, and a modified Autobianchi A112 body style. The Yugo was introduced in the United States by means of Malcolm Bricklin, who wanted to release a simple, low cost car to that market. The GV was available in the United States from 1984 to 1992. Sales peaked at 45,000 units in the United States; however, the Zastava Koral is still being sold in the former Yugoslavia with an updated design. The first passenger models were produced long before they ever arrived in the United States. Production began on August 26, 1953 using designs licensed by Fiat of Turin. The first model designed by Zastava was a sedan called the Milletrecciento, which means one thousand three hundred, as a 1300 cc engine powered it. Some of the most successful models were those based on the Fiat 128 model, and were marketed under different names such as the Zastava 128, the Zastava 311, and the Zastava Skala. Anyhow, the GV was introduced in the summer of 1986 at a price of less than $4000. This was by far the lowest-priced car offered in the US at the time. The obvious consequence was that it sold very well at first. However, due to United Nations sanctions on Yugoslavia, Zastava was forced to withdraw the car from the US market.

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