It would appear that the Hesketh Motor Cycle Company is in serious difficulties. To Vectrix owners this is not a subject for gloating or point-scoring by spiteful malcontents.
Hesketh was exceedingly brave to take on the Vectrix agency, and to continue servicing UK owned Vectrix maxi-scooters.
Charles Hesketh and his team, showed real faith in Vectrix, by employing the fiercely loyal and knowledgeable Steve and the rest of his team, to provide continuity and the best of service to UK Vectrix owners.
Hesketh simply were not able to sell sufficient numbers of Vectrix to sustain the franchise. IMO, without heavy government assistance it would appear there just isn't enough market for the Vectrix product. Those that love Vectrix really love the bike, but as I discovered outside the resort rental market, sales are very limited. The US operation is focusing on Fleet and institutional sales. Vectrix Poland was st up to manufacture 35,000 bike p.a. The total bike sold by Vectrix in its entire existence to date would not exceed 10% of that figure.
This is the problem when passion and a great product, is simply not accepted by the market. Large corporations like GM, Toyota, etc have this problem from time to time and stuggle to survive, for small enterprises like Hesketh, it's overwhelming.
However, my opinion is not shared by Vectrix, who state they simply see the under performance by Hesketh, as the UK import franchise holder as an isolated problem, and will accordingly terminate the franchise, and appoint a new agent. Vectrix state that it will have no impact on rest of the EU dealers who are meeting expected targets.
I hope that Vectrix continue to retain Steve and his team, for the interim, until the new arrangements take effect. I am sure I speak for every vectrix owner, when we wish him the all best of Luck!
Hesketh complain of a great deal of disinformation and interference from former disgruntled ex-employees and subcontractors of the old Vectrix, hindering restructuring efforts.