In practice, the Volkswagen Kubel proved highly reliable, robust and well-liked by all banners that it operated under and served the same multi-role function as that of the equally-famous American Army JEEPof the Allies. The Kubel proved a light-weight and inexpensive production car with the capability to operate equally effectively on road or off road. Power for pre-1943 vehicles was served through a Volkswagen 4-cylinder engine producing 24-horsepower with 998cc while 1943 and onwards models were served through a 25-horsepower engine delivering 1,131cc. The operational components of the Kubel design proved efficient and easy to maintain under the harshest of battlefield conditions and the air-cooled engine meant that it could operate well in colder temperatures when compared to a liquid-cooled design. Crew protection was nothing more than sheet metal body panels. Overhead cover consisted of a canvas convertible top with integrated screens to serve the windowless doors. Four doors served as the exit/entry methods for the driver and up to three passengers.
The Kubel appeared in a variety of forms including the "Type 92" which featured a fully-enclosed body design (1943 onwards). A tropical version, known as the "Tropenfest", was also delivered when the base Kubels failed to impress in hot climates across North Africa and the Middle East. These were fitted with special tires to navigate the deep sands and improved filtration. This variant was known unofficially by the Allies as the "German Camel".
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