Do You Remember...Cars: The Plymouth, The Yugo

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

One brand of cars endured for many decades, while another is considered by some to be one of the worst of all time.

The Plymouth brand was begun in 1928 by the Chrysler Corporation. It was originally a more economical, budget-oriented ground vehicle. The brand survived through the Great Depression and throughout the rest of the 20th century. Later Plymouth models included a wide variety of types—from sedans like the Breeze to minivans like the Voyager. The final Plymouth came off of the assembly line in 2001, when the brand was discontinued.

The Yugo originated from Yugoslavia and Serbia. It made its way to the United States in the 1980s as a low-budget, high-mileage vehicle. At the time, the Yugo was one of the slowest cars of the US—one model could only reach a top speed of 86 miles per hour. The car is considered by some to be one of the worst of all time. The Yugo has even been the subject of a parody of Elvis Presley’s “In the Ghetto” on the Rush Limbaugh Show called “In a Yugo.” At its peak in 1987, over 40 thousand Yugo cars were sold in the United States. That fell sharply to just over 14 hundred in 1992. Production overseas, however, continued through 2008.

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