International Kills CXT, MXT And RXT 'Consumer Trucks'

Tim O'Brien | Sep 28, 2008

Have a look at the image above and ask yourself "Why?" (Who would build such a thing... who would buy it?)

US automotive site Kicking Tires (sic. Tyres) has reported that the International Truck Group has buckled under the triple-whammy of the petrol price shock, a knackered banking system, and a severely knackered US economy, and killed off its XT 'Consumer Truck' line. ("'Bout time somebody lined up all those dandy smart-ass Wall Street bankers for the mother of all hoss-whippin's boy")

You might be wondering who in fact would want something as daft as International's CXT. MXT and RXT 'Consumer Trucks', but, before things turned pear-shaped, our seppo cousins were happy to fork out USD$90-large for these tonka-toy-styled 'mini-me' prime-movers. Mini...? No, they're freakin' huge. (There is another range of adjectives like "dumb-arse", "abominable" and "crap-tastic" that also aren't too wide of the mark.)

"These trucks were always seen as niche products," International spokesman Jon Harmon said. Go on... there's a surprise.


As Kicking Tires reports, International was on a roll building and selling these gargantuan atrocities to "the common man": those whose automotive ambition was to "park a nearly semi-sized International in their McMansion driveway". That was then, this is now.

With the wheels of the US economy having fallen completely off the cart and rolled away into a dark and very deep hole, sales of these dinosaurs have all but dried up. So, discretion being the better part of valour, International has killed them dead as a buzzard. (You have to wonder who was buying these things... the Griswald's? Triple-H, John Cena, the Sgt. Slaughter fan club and other noted good ol' boys and intellectuals?) I somehow can't see International ever offering anything like these dinosaurs in a hybrid.

Apparently, International is now focusing on its larger truck business like the Lonestar semi and military versions of the XT trucks. There's a relief.

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  • TN says,
    5 years ago
    These trucks are AMAZING
  • MKE WALLEY says,
    5 years ago
    I drew these trucks in 1982 & always had a dream of making one with a 1970 chevy cab, but I love these trucks with the step side . And if anyone wants to give me one I,am ready .
  • Karen says,
    4 years ago
    I think that these vehicles are great for pulling horse trailers, dozers, mini excavators, etc. without having to buy a larger truck