The Volkswagen Iltis (“Polecat” in German) light utility vehicle was initially produced for the German Army.  This light but unarmored vehicle replaced the 1/4 ton SMPs (Jeeps) in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Approximately 2,500 Iltis were produced under license in Canada by Bombardier in ambulance, line layer, reconnaissance, TOW anti-tank missile, military police and utility variants.  Bombardier produced a similar number for the Belgian Army.

The Iltis served in many roles with the Canadian Armed Forces from 1984 to 2005, including on UN peacekeeping missions around the world.  It was replaced by the G-Wagon.

Maximum Speed: 130 km/h (81 mph)

Engine: 1.7 L, 4 cylinder in-line, 75 hp

Crew: Driver and 3 passengers