Toyota Was Not The First…….

March 14, 2010 at 1:01 am 2 comments

…. Car manufacturer in the auto industry to have an alleged  run-away car problem.

Do you remember the Yugo?

It had a similar problem, but this issue was seldom spoken about for a few good reasons…..

1. How many of these hardtop lawnmowers did they eventually sell, a few dozen? This was one of the only cars ever made that could make a Soviet made Lada seem like an executive’s car.

2. If one of these did manage to “run away”, it’s likely that no one noticed because they were rarely able to find a speed limit they could break.

3. Even if they could eventually hit 75 MPH (and that’s only likely to happen driving downhill with a strong tail wind), after about 1/2 mile at that speed the engine would melt.

4. Speed rated? Zero to Sixty in one afternoon (on a good day).

Le Limo, barely able to get off the trailer…

Now, answers for these most often asked questions….

1. What’s with all of those little lines in the back window?

Answer: They help keep your hands warm when you have to push start the car in the winter.

2. What was the model called that crossed the river Styx?

Answer: “Yugo to hell”.

And….

3. Did they have a sales pitch that almost worked?

Answer: From Mr. Buckeroo Banzai; “Wherever you are, there Yugo!”

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