Zastava Koral

The Zastava Koral (pronounced[ˈzâːstaʋa ˈkǒraːl], Serbian Cyrillic: Застава Корал), also known as the Yugo (pronounced[ˈjûɡo]), 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. The first Yugo 45 was handmade on 2 October 1978 as a Fiat 127, under license from Fiat, with a modified body style. The Zastava Koral was sold with an updated design, until 11 November 2008, when production stopped with a final number of 794,428 cars. 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. Like the Lada, they were a common sight in former Yugoslavia in the late 1990s, but the numbers are dying off by present day. Although still a common sight in Serbia, Macedonia and Croatia; in other former Yugoslav countries, like Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina or Montenegro, where the Yugo actually never achieved much popularity, it is a rare sight.

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