AUTOS: Wait a Minute, It's a What?

Wait a Minute, It's a What?

Although a Yugo can be had for less than $4,000, making it the cheapest car in the U.S., its fortunes have been flagging. Americans bought only 43,000 of the glitch-prone subcompacts last year -- well below predictions made when the two-door hatchback was first imported from Yugoslavia in 1985. Now a consortium organized by the Mabon, Nugent investment firm in New York City has paid $40 million to gain control of Yugo America and has promised to spend $40 million more for a campaign to tout new models.

This fall the company will introduce a convertible (base price: about $8,000). It...

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