Year

Key milestones

1953

・Market launch of Honda's first power product, the H-type general-purpose engine

1959

・Market launch of Honda's first tiller, F150.

1963

・Start of power products exports from Japan (first destination: France)

1964

・Development of micromini generator, E40
・Market launch of outboard engine, GB30

1965

・Market launch of Honda's first portable generator, E300

1969

・Cumulative power products production reaches 1 million units
・Market launch of Honda's first water pumps, WL20

1976

・Establishment of Kumamoto Factory

1977

・Market launch of G150/200 general-purpose engine, the first developed under the new ME concept

1978

・Market launch of Honda's first walk-behind lawn mower, HR21

1979

・Establishment of Asaka Higashi R&D Center as a dedicated power products development center

1980

・Market launch of Komame F200 lightweight mini-tiller
・Market launch of HS35 snow thrower

1981

・Cumulative power products production reaches 5 million units

1983

・Start of production at power products production plant at Hamamatsu Factory
・Market launch of GX Series general-purpose engines

1984

・Start of lawn mower production in the U.S.

1985

・Market launch of Honda's first riding mowers, HT3810/ HT3813
・Cumulative power products production reaches 10 million units

1986

・Start of power products production in France

1987

・Start of general-purpose engine and water pump production in Thailand

1988

・Start of lawn mower production in Australia
・Start of generator and general-purpose engine production in India

1992

・Cumulative power products production reaches 20 million units

1995

・Start of generator production in China

1997

・Market launch of GX22/31, the world’s first 360-degree-inclinable 4-stroke engines
・Cumulative power products production reaches 30 million units

2000

・Cumulative power products production reaches 40 million units

2001

・Completion of construction of outboard engine production plant (Hosoe Plant at Hamamatsu Factory, currently Hosoe Outboard Engine Plant)
・Market launch of iHS1390i, the world’s first hybrid snow thrower

2002

・Market launch of the world's lightest 4-stroke engine, GX25
・Cumulative power products production reaches 50 million units

2003

・The 50th anniversary of Honda’s Power Products (currently Life Creation) business

2004

・Cumulative power products production reaches 60 million units

2005

・Completion of construction of power products production plant at Kumamoto Factory
・Market launch of iGX series of high-output engines offering high-functionality for the OEM market

2006

・Cumulative power products production reaches 70 million units
・Strengthening of R&D system and capability at Asaka Higashi R&D Center and the establishment of Power Products R&D Center

2008

・Cumulative power products production reaches 80 million units

2009

・Market launch of Pianta FV200 mini-tiller powered by household butane gas canister
・Cumulative power products production reaches 90 million units

2010

・Market launch of Enepo EU9iGB generator powered by household butane gas canisters

2011

・Cumulative power products production reaches 100 million units
・Market launch of BF250 large-sized 4-stroke outboard engine

2012

・Change in business operation name from “General-purpose” to “General-purpose power products”
・Market launch of the Miimo robotic lawnmower

2013

・The 60th anniversary of Power Products (currently Life Creation) business
・Market launch of HSL2511 large rotary snow thrower equipped with the world’s first auger assist function

2015

・Start of lease sales of Honda Walking Assist Device

2017

・Market launch of LiB-AID E500 portable power source

2019

・Change in business operation name from “Power Products” to “Life Creation”
・Power Products R&D Center was renamed as the Life Creation Center
Cumulative power products production reaches 150 million units