The Zastava Koral , also known as the Yugo , was a supermini built by the Yugoslav Serbian Zastava corporation. It was designed in Italy under the name Fiat 144 as a variant of the Fiat 127.
Poorly engineered, ugly, and cheap, it survived much longer as a punch line for comedians than it did as a vehicle on the roads.
The first Yugo 45 was handmade on 2 October 1978 as a Fiat 127, under license from Fiat, with a modified body style.
The Yugo entered the United States by means of Malcolm Bricklin, who wanted to introduce a simple, low-cost car to that market.
In total, 141,651 cars were sold in the United States from 1985 to 1992, with the most American units sold in a year peaking at 48,812 in 1987. Sales in 1992 were only 1,412 cars.