Yugo Florida

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Zastava Florida
Zastava Florida In.jpg
Zastava Florida In
Overview
ManufacturerZastava
Also called
ProductionNov 1988–Nov 2008
29,950 units produced
AssemblyKragujevac, Serbia
Cairo, Egypt (Nasr)
DesignerGiorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign
Body and chassis
ClassSmall family car
Body style5-door hatchback
2-door pick-up
2-door pick-up/van (Poly)
5-door estate (second generation)
RelatedFiat Ritmo
Fiat Tipo
Powertrain
Engine

The Zastava Florida, also known as Yugo Sana, Yugo Miami or Yugo Florida, is a five door hatchback which was introduced by Yugoslav automaker Zastava on 19 February 1987 and remained in production until 2008.

The Florida was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and a group of Zastava engineers at Italdesign. The Florida was the most advanced and independently engineered automobile produced by Zastava before it stopped producing civilian automobiles in 2008.[1]

It was sold in the United Kingdom from 1988 to 1992, badged as the Yugo Sana and available with a 1.4 litre petrol engine from the Fiat Tipo, supplied under licence from Fiat, but it was eventually withdrawn from sale, due to its distributor, Zastava (GB) Ltd, going out of business as a consequence of the Yugoslav wars and economic sanctions.

In 2001, many years after its debut in Europe, the Nasr-badged Florida entered production in Helwan District in Cairo, Egypt by Nasr.[2] Nasr's Florida is almost exactly the same as Zastava's Florida, except with a modified grille.

Background[edit]

1990 Yugo Sana

The Zastava Florida was developed as the Zastava 103 and officially went on sale on October 2, 1988. The model was given the name "Florida" in order to celebrate the success of the Yugo in the United States. The Florida faced competition from the Dacia Solenza and its successor Dacia Logan, Lada 112, and other similar cars.

Its main advantages were its versatility, its high technology compared to other Zastavas, and its price, never exceeding the EUR 7,000 figure for top of the range models. In 2000 a refreshed model of the Zastava Florida was revealed, originally called the Florida 103FL.[2] At the 2001 Belgrade Auto Show it was shown with an "In" trim name added, so as to be called the "Zastava Florida In", and this is how it was marketed since.[1]

The Florida In L was the top of the line trim, and offered air conditioning and radio. The price range was between EUR 5,000 and 7,000. It was Zastava's most expensive car before the introduction of the Zastava 10 at the 2006 Belgrade Motor Show. It was also available in flat bed pick up, panel van and ambulance format. After Zastava's brief fallout with Fiat, 1.1 and 1.6-liter Peugeot TU-series engines were installed beginning in September 2002.[2]

In January 2007 Zastava announced a diesel-engined Florida (a model which had been promised since before the original introduction), using Peugeot's 68 PS (50 kW) 1.4-liter HDi engine.[3] In the end, only 18 of these cars were built. In November 2008, the last Zastava Florida was produced in the factory in Kragujevac.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Zastava Nacionale. "Zastava Florida / Yugo Sana". Archived from the original on 2014-07-01.
  2. ^ a b c Mazur, Eligiusz, ed. (2006). World of Cars 2006·2007. Warsaw, Poland: Media Connection Sp. z o.o. p. 327. ISSN 1734-2945.
  3. ^ "Zastava Florida In diesel". AutoBlog.rs (in Serbian). 2007-01-31.

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