The Zastava factory that produced the Yugo was patterned after FIAT factories of the 1950's. However, the U.S.-bound cars were built on a separate line with elite, hand-picked workers that earned extra pay (in a communist country!).
Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent. He once had to break the news to an acquaintance that had just bought two new Yugo's for the price of one new Japanese car, that they actually had two new 1970's FIAT's.