I honestly thought that I’d heard the last Yugo joke in about 1992, but I hadn’t figured on the cutting-edge humour of the BBC.
The decision by Zastava to stop making the Koral hatchback, previously sold in export markets including Britain under the Yugo brand, gave the BBC’s Helen Fawkes a chance to dust-off all the old gems on the Today show this morning.
“How do you double the value of a Yugo?, fill the tank with petrol.”
“Why does a Yugo have a heater rear windscreen? To keep your hands warm when you’re pushing it.” Laugh? I almost did.
But apart from the sub-Tarbuck comedy routine, the whole report seemed to be an attempt to hang some unfortunate stereotypes around a couple of ill-fitting facts. And several major errors: despite Fawkes’ claim that this was “the last Yugo”, no car has been sold wearing a Yugo badge for 15 years (they’re Zastavas.)