Quote Of The Day: Yugo By Chrysler Joke Here Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
quote of the day yugo by chrysler joke here edition

Chrysler is considering bringing a Fiat-engineered subcompact sedan from Serbia to North America under the Chrysler brand. The Chrysler brand product plan, unveiled in November, called for a Fiat-derived subcompact sedan to be imported in 2013. The vehicle would be built in Kragujevac, Serbia, where Serbian automaker Zastava Automobili once made the Yugo.

Chrysler? Fiat-engineered subcompact? The Yugo plant? C’mon Automotive News [sub]… April Fools was weeks ago. Besides, this seems too cruelly ironic to even properly be a joke. Remember, these little gags have to come from a place of love…

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  • IGB IGB on Apr 20, 2010

    The FIAT 500 is built in Poland. Most VW/Audi 2.0T engines and many Audi's are built in Hungary. The Camry is built in Alabama. All former third world countries, now westernized by modern manufacturing brought in from the West (and East in the case of Alabama.) The Zastava is welcome.

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    • Pgcooldad Pgcooldad on Apr 20, 2010

      Alabama, a net inflow tax state (it receives more money than it sends to federal coffers) uses it to give huge tax breaks to foreign manufacturers. I would reword "attracting" to "giving away other states cash to attract". Basically, they are killing the goose that lay the golden egg (net out-flow tax states) and eventually these companies will fold up and go elsewhere where it's cheaper to do business. Wasn't it Mercedes that wanted to bring from abroad a bunch of Polish workers for their plant there?

  • Geo. Levecque Geo. Levecque on Apr 20, 2010

    The Toyota Camry is Built in Kentucky, in the City of Georgetown and not Alabama as someone stated, I rather doubt that FIAT will build vehicles in North America for European sales, but stranger things happen, I do know that some Chrysler Mini Vans are built in Windsor Ontario for sale in Europe, mostly Diesels too.

    • Autojunkie Autojunkie on Apr 20, 2010

      @ Geo. Levecque It totally makes sense for Fiat to export cars from the US. The cost of manufacturing is MUCH cheaper in the US than anywhere in the EU. The unions (yes the UAW) are much easier than delaing wih some of the unions in the EU. Fiat is not the only one building cars (or planning to build cars) for export from the US. Specially since the decline of the dollar value to the euro. Besides... Honda has been exporting cars from Ohio to sell in Japan (and other ports) for years now.

  • INeon INeon on Apr 20, 2010

    "Yes, you can give him a message. You do take shorthand, don't you? Good-- we take it in the South too. Just tell him that I have been a Southerner all my life, and I can vouch for the fact the we do eat a lot of things down here. We've certainly all had our share of grits and biscuits & gravy. I myself, have probably eaten enough fried chicken to feed a third world country; not to mention barbecue, cornbread, watermelon, fried pies, okra, and, yes-- if I were being perfectly candid-- I would have to admit we have also eaten our share of crow. For all I know-- during the darkest, leanest years of the Civil War, some of us may have had a Yankee or two for breakfast. But speaking for myself, and hundreds of thousands of my Southern ancestors, who have evolved through many decades of poverty, strife, and turmoil; I would like for TTAC's 'Best and Brightest' to know: we have surely eaten many things in the past, and we will surely eat many things in the future-- but God as my witness-- we have never, I repeat, NEVER EATEN DIRT!!!" Southern Americans are Americans just the same. That is all.

  • Pig_Iron Pig_Iron on Apr 20, 2010

    Zastava!? Don't they make the communist SKS rifle that killed so many Americans in Korea and Vietnam?

    • GeneralMalaise GeneralMalaise on Apr 20, 2010

      The former Yugoslavia... land of trained killers and talented cartoonists.