Honda Introduces All-New HRR Series Lawnmower Line Featuring Exclusive SMART Drive™ System

Honda Power Equipment is introducing the all-new HRR Series lawnmower line, designed to deliver exceptionally easy operation, high performance and superior fuel efficiency. Equipped with the revolutionary SMART Drive™ transmission system and new ErgoActive™ easy-folding handlebars, the HRR delivers an infinitely easier lawnmowing experience at an affordable price. HRR Series models - the HRR216K3VXA and the HRR216K3TDA - will be available nationwide through Honda Power Equipment dealers and The Home Depot retail stores in early 2006.

"With its unmatched technology and feature content, the new HRR216K3VXA offers virtually effortless operation and speed control with better maneuverability," said Honda Power Equipment vice president, Steve Bailey. "These innovative design features demonstrate Honda's commitment to continuous product improvement."

The HRR216K3VXA marks the introduction of Honda's newest technological innovation, the SMART Drive transmission system. Developed and tested by Honda R&D, in conjunction with a professional ergonomic specialist for the most comfortable operation, this unique Variable Speed Transmission (VST) allows the user to easily control the mower's speed simply by resting his or her hands on the handlebars. By placing either one or both thumbs on the lever, the operator can easily control the mower's speed and even mow with one hand.

The new HRR Series replaces the HRR216K2SDA/TDA and HRZ216TDA models and incorporates a number of design elements that make easy work of mowing. The HRR's ErgoActive handlebars are designed for both user safety and convenience. In conjunction with the SMART Drive system (VXA model only) this exclusive handle design places the mower's primary controls within easy reach, increasing comfort during operation. The quick-release folding handlebar also provides for easy storage.

Honda's exclusive Roto-Stop® blade brake clutch allows the user to start and stop blade action while keeping the engine running. Using this technology, consumers can empty the grassbag, move items out of the path of the mower or drive over gravel - without the blade running or having to stop and restart the engine.

The HRR's QuadraCut™ System includes a twin blade configuration and four offset cutting surfaces for improved performance as well as finer clippings. Finer clippings decompose and deliver nutrients to a lawn more rapidly and result in superior mulching. Larger 9" or 8" wheels (depending on the model) further improve the HRR's maneuverability while a single rear height adjuster (VXA model only) allows for easy adjustment of cutting heights. The mower's large, easy to remove 2.4 bushel capacity grassbag, in conjunction with the QuadraCut twin blade configuration, allows for maximum bagging capability.

The power behind the innovative HRR Series is the Honda GCV160 engine. As is the case with all Honda engines, the GCV160 provides clean, low-emission, 4-cycle power, delivering reliable power to both the drive wheels and cutting blade system. An overhead cam (OHC) system in the GCV160 incorporates the latest engine technologies in a small package. With the GCV160 the Honda HRR generates an economical, quiet and efficient powerplant to compliment the mower's new technology and advanced design.

Honda is the world's largest engine manufacturer, having sold nearly 20 million models in 2004 across all of its global product lines. Its mowers are characterized by the same clean, fuel-efficient technology that is behind the company's reputation for unparalleled durability, quality and reliability.

Editor's Note:

Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., manufactures and markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawnmowers, pumps, snowblowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by environmentally advanced 4-stroke engines.

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