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Power Products
April 10, 2002

HRG415/HRG465 Push Lawnmowers to be Imported from France for Sale in Japan

April 10, 2002—Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced today that it will import two push-type lawnmowers—the HRG415 (410mm mowing width) and the HRG465 (460mm mowing width)—manufactured by Honda Europe Power Equipment S.A. (Junichiro Furukawa, President) in Orléans, France. The two new models go on sale April 15th at authorized Honda power products dealerships throughout Japan.

Since their release on the European market in 2001, the HRG415 and HRG465 have earned a reputation for easy operability and high environmental performance, with total sales of around 100,000 units for the European region (November 2000 to February 28, 2002).

Both mowers are equipped with the model GCV135 Honda e-SPEC engine, which delivers the world’s highest level of environmental performance. This engine clears both U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Phase 2 exhaust emissions regulations and European noise regulations for 2002. It also comes with a variety of safety features, including a flywheel brake that stops the engine when the operator releases the cutting-blade lever.

A “Holiday Series” version of these two models, the HRG415H and HRG465H, specially built for the home center market, will also go on sale April 15th at designated home centers.

French-made HRG465 push lawnmower

French-made HRG465 push lawnmower

●Annual domestic sales projection:
1,500 units
●Manufacturer’s suggested retail price  (consumption tax not included):
  HRG415, HRG415H
HRG465, HRG465H

Outstanding Features
 Ease of operation
・Employs an easy-to-grip, easy-to-operate mowing height adjustment knob. Six mowing height adjustments are available, starting at 19mm.
・Wide rear tires and wheels with double ball-bearing construction offer comfortable control and solid reliability.
・Mechanical decompression delivers light, smooth starting.
・Setup is easy—just raise the handle and attach the grass bag.

・A flywheel brake stops the engine when the operator releases the cutting-blade lever.

Economy and environmental performance
・Fuel economy at the top of its class.
・Equipped with the model GCV135 Honda e-SPEC engine, which surpasses both CARB (California Air Resources Board) regulations and U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Phase 2 exhaust emissions regulations—the toughest in the world.
・A low-noise blade and other sound-suppressing features put these mowers at the top of their class for low-noise operation [96dB (A)]. Clears European Stage 1 noise regulations for 2002.


Model HRG415/HRG415H HRG465/HRG465H
Length x Width x Height(㎜) 1,430×453×980 1,460×497×980
Dry Weight(kg) 31.5 32.5
Fitted Weight(kg) 33.0 34.0
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke, single-cylinder OHC, vertical
Displacement(cm3) 135
Output/Engine Speed[kW(PS)/rpm] 3.3(4.5)/3,600
Fuel Automotive-grade unleaded gasoline
Fuel Tank Capacity(L) 0.9
Ignition System Transistorized magneto
Starter Type Recoil
Transmission 1-speed, forward
Mowing Width(mm) 410 460
Mowing Height Range(mm) Approx.19mm ~ 73mm(6 stages)
Grass Bag Capacity(L) 50 55
Speed(m/s) 1.0
Blade Brake System Flywheel Brake