About Honda Engines

Honda is the world's largest manufacturer of engines. In 2009 alone, Honda produced and marketed more than 23 million units globally for a diverse array of automotive, motorcycle, marine, and power equipment products.

Honda Engines offers a complete line of small, general purpose engines for commercial, rental industry, and consumer applications. Honda engines supply smooth and dependable power for more than 3,000 different product applications, including pressure washers, lawn mowers, rescue, and construction equipment.

Additionally, Honda engines are some of the quietest and easiest to start of their kind, even in harsh commercial and construction environments. These attributes have made Honda engines the popular choice for original equipment manufacturers looking to add value to their own brands.

Honda Engines is proud to be part of Honda’s Power Equipment Business Unit. Since 1953, Honda has manufactured over 100 million power products worldwide. Honda continues to be a leader in the development of low-emission, fuel efficient, environmentally friendly four-stroke engines for use in generators, water pumps, lawn mowers, outboard motors, and many other power equipment applications. Learn more about Honda’s global Power Products history.

Investment in America

Although Honda Engines, Power Equipment, and Marine products are produced at 11 Honda manufacturing facilities worldwide, nearly 75 percent of Honda power products sold in America are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts at the Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing, Inc. (HPE) facility in Swepsonville, North Carolina.

Opened in August 1984, HPE has a capacity of 1.5 million engines per year. In addition to engines, HPE produces Honda generators, lawn mowers, snowblowers, pumps, tillers and string trimmers.

Honda’s North Carolina Research and Development Center is an 11,000 square foot facility established in 1993 that conducts product engineering, prototype development, and testing of power equipment products.

In 1999, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. invested more than $6 million in its new Power Equipment Division headquarters in Alpharetta, GA., which oversees sales, distribution, marketing and exportation of Honda Power Equipment, Engines, and Marine products.

Currently, Honda employs nearly 27,000 people in the United States, with a U.S. capital investment of $12.1 billion.

Environmental Orientation

Honda continuously works to meet future, lower EPA and CARB standards regarding the performance of its products. In January 2007, Honda Engines began certifying its models to the new, lower California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2007 standards, existing EPA Phase 2 emission requirements and offering 50 state compliant engines.  Investing in meeting the strictest of environmental requirements in the development of one engine for use in all 50 states reflects Honda’s forward thinking on emission regulations, air quality and the needs of its customers. Moreover, Honda engines meet the new CARB exhaust and evaporative emissions requirements without the use of a catalytic converter.

As a result, the overall emission levels from Honda engines have been reduced by more than 32 percent compared to 1995. Further, the EPA implemented a new emission control program to reduce hydrocarbon emissions from small spark-ignition engines by approximately 35 percent.  Honda engines are in compliance with the current EPA Phase 3 standards (for both exhaust and evaporate emissions).

Product Line

Honda produces 29 models in four basic series:


Primary Uses

Mini 4-Stroke –
4 models

Hand-held portable

GX (Overhead Valve) –
17 models

iGX (Overhead Valve)
2 models

Commercial and rental equipment

GS (Overhead Cam)
2 models

Premium residential and light-duty commercial equipment

GC (Overhead Cam) –
4 models

Premium residential power equipment

From these 29 basic models, Honda offers more than 400 variations to meet a wide variety of needs and applications.