The Volkswagen Type 82, which soldiers called "Kübelwagen" (literally translated as "tub truck", for its resemblance to a metal bathtub on wheels), was based on the so-called KdF-Wagen (forerunner of the Volkswagen Beetle), with which the Nazis intended to accelerate the mass motorization in Germany. The only thing that was eventually motorized masse, however, was the German Army, which used this robust and indestructible military vehicles in a variety of purposes throughout the war on all fronts.
A real "Jeep" was not really a jeep: it didn't have all-wheel drive, рфв a much smaller and weaker engine and also not such a big ground clearance such as the American Willys MB. Nevertheless, the Kübelwagen with its only 1.1-liter, 25 hp air-cooled boxer engine payable proven both at 50 degrees in the desert of North Africa and in minus 40 degrees in the Russian winter. The special on this Kübelwagen was a self-supporting steel body, which made the car very light, as could be done without a frame. Whole empty weight was 750 kg , so, despite low horsepower, the VW Type 82 achieved a top speed of 80 km/h.