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Rumors of Charles' possible intentions emerged after he reportedly indicated that he wanted to "stay involved in the car industry". But when contacted by Autocar for comment, Charles kiboshed the idea of establishing a rival operation. For one thing, Charles remains a major shareholder in the company he used to run. For another, he says there's just not enough room in the industry to support two Morgans.
He may be right, particularly with niche automakers across the UK and Europe going belly-up. Just don't tell that to the people behind Castle Three, which aims to take on Morgan in the retro three-wheeler business.Permalink | Email this | Comments
The Morgan 3 Wheeler has a special sort of universal appeal: many people will admire it, but only a few will actually buy one. Case in point, Morgan says in a November press release that 1,000 of the 25,950-pound ($41,917) vehicles have been delivered to customers since it was introduced in 2011, and the retro trike is Morgan's top seller.
Those who need hatchback practicality, sportscar precision or luxury vehicle opulence need not apply, but if you're willing to take the plunge into 3 Wheeler ownership, there are a host of updates for the 2014 model that promise to make it a better drive and easier to live with. (Note: the 3 Wheeler pictured is a 2012 model from our First Drive review.)
The chassis gets increased torsional stiffness for better handling, the center drive unit is beefed up and the rear-mounted 90-degree bevel box is isolated to reduce noise vibration harshness (NVH). The steering has been revised to eliminate bump steer and improve high-speed stability, and, for those who intend to use their Morgan in slow-speed urban environments, an optional Urban Cooling Pack is offered. Styling is said to be updated, too, with new graphics, color combinations and vented bodywork. Still, we have a feeling that most of these updated 3 Wheelers won't be used as daily drivers.
Feel free to head below and check out the short press release.Permalink | Email this | Comments
You'll want to watch this video because it features the Morgan Threewheeler, the Harley V-twin-powered bathtub that sends the Autoblog office into a collective tizzy every time it's mentioned. But there's a much better reason to watch the latest from Xcar than the awesome, motorcycle-powered Morgan.
In it, our hosts use a Threewheeler to pay tribute to Royal Air Force Captain Albert Ball VC, one of the United Kingdom's top aces during World War I. The timing, on Armistice Day in the UK and Veteran's Day in the US, is telling. This is much more of a story about Ball, and his extraordinary heroism, not to mention his love of his very own Morgan Threewheeler, than it is about the modern variant shown throughout the episode.
Have a look below for the entire video from XCar.Permalink | Email this | Comments
In case you haven't been following, there's been a bit of an upheaval in the ranks of a small British automaker - cottage industry, really - called Morgan. The company is known for making retro sports cars just like they've been doing for the past century - sometimes with wooden frames or three wheels - and it's always been run by members of the Morgan family. Only a couple of weeks ago, the board kicked out the founder's grandson and successor Charles Morgan.
The board cited several counts of misconduct as their reason for ousting their one-time chief executive, but Charles vowed to fight back. Well, he's had a chance to appeal, and the decision apparently stands. Charles made his appeal to the board itself (and not before a third-party adjudicator), and while he plead his case, the board (made primarily of members of his family) refused to back down. The question now is what Charles Morgan will do next.
He's already retained counsel, which suggests he could be seeking legal recourse. With a 30 percent stake in the company that bares his name, he could attempt to lead a buy-out and retake control. Or he could branch out on his own and establish a rival operation, although while not unprecedented, that seems the least likely option. One way or another, we wouldn't expect him to take this all lying down.Permalink | Email this | Comments
The board of Morgan Cars has voted to reject Charles Morgan's
If you've been following the news of Charles Morgan's dismissal from the Morgan Motor Company his grandfather founded over a century ago, and wondered why the family-owned company was letting him go, here's the answer.
According to Autocar, the cause for dismissal comes down to four counts of misconduct. The company alleges that Charles (1) falsely represented himself as chairman of the company after having been bumped down to strategy director, (2) supported the Oak Racing team and its Nissan-powered, Morgan-branded LMP2 effort without board approval, (3) divulged information of an impending revised Morgan 3 Wheeler to a group of owners, and (4) accepted payments for talks on his experience in Afghanistan and Iran without board approval.
The vote to dismiss Charles on these grounds was reportedly made by the board of Morgan Technologies, which consists of his sister, brother-in-law, two nephews and one niece as well as the company's managing director, finance director and the family lawyer. For his part, Charles refutes the accusations and intends to appeal the dismissal in court this Friday. If you care to support Charles Morgan in his fight to regain control of his family's company, you can sign the online petition here.Permalink | Email this | Comments