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The Kübelwagen, short for Kübelsitzwagen which in English literally means "bucket-seat car" was the primary German military car in the 1930s used by the German military.
In Battlefield 1942, the Kübelwagen is shown as a grayish-blue color with a Balkenkreuz on the sides or an Italian flag in Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome. Seating two players, it is issued to German, Japan (prior to replacement by the Type 95 Kurogane in a patch) and Italian in Road to Rome. It is the Axis counterpart to the Allies' Willys MB.
— In-game description
The vehicle can be found and commandeered at points of the singleplayer war stories Nordlys and Under No Flag. In the latter case, the Kubelwagen is featured prominently in cutscenes, with Billy Bridger and George Mason stealing one, locking its previous driver in the trunk, and using it to travel to objectives and escape a German mechanized patrol. Their vehicle develops engine trouble and forces them to stop and make a last stand.
The vehicle can seat players; the driver, operating the vehicle from the front left seat; the gunner, using an MG 34 on a pintle mount from the back seat row; and a passenger, sitting to the right of the driver. The machine gun can rotate 360°, and the vehicle is capable of towing stationary weapons.
Being very low to the ground and with no roof, vehicle occupants are highly vulnerable to small arms fire, and while the vehicle itself can survive a single direct hit from a tank shell or Panzerfaust, the blast can at times kill passengers. The vehicle's primary asset is its speed and small size, that allow it to outpace most if not all ground vehicles in game while presenting a very small target. Although the vehicle can maintain its significant speed off-road, the Kubelwagen can become stuck on or in terrain obstacles due to its lack of crushing ability and two-wheel drive, and may receive damage in high speed collisions.