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NEW HONDA ENGINE BECOMES FIRST CERTIFIED TO MEET STRICT NEW CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS STANDARDS

 ATLANTA, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today announced that a Honda GX120 General Purpose Engine became the first gasoline engine certified to meet the nation's toughest emissions standard -- the 1994 California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions standards for small engines -- on Jan. 11, 1993. American Honda plans to market this same technology in their other engine models, gradually converting all to CARB-approved models prior to Jan. 1, 1994.
 The GX120 engine received approval of compliance almost one year before the effective date of the proposed standard, consistent with Honda's well-established history as a leader in internal combustion engine technology -- both in fuel economy and emissions. In 1975, Honda's CVCC engine made the Civic the first automobile to meet the strict standards of the Clean Air Act of 1970 without use of a catalytic converter -- doing so before the regulation took effect.
 This leadership role in reducing the emissions of lawn and garden and general purpose engines is a result of Honda's global commitment to environmental issues. The Honda over head valve (OHV) engines that meet California standards will be sold in all 50 states and will be offered worldwide by Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (NYSE: HMC).
 The CARB regulation required the hydrocarbon (HC) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) in the emission gas to be under 12.0 grams per horsepower (g/hp) and the carbon monoxide (CO) to be under 300g/hp. The Honda GX120 4hp OHV engine exceeded these requirements with HC+NOX at 10.1g/hp and CO at 232g/hp, respectively. These results were achieved with only minor modifications to the existing GX120 engine.
 Honda's advanced engine technology provides for improved performance and higher fuel efficiency -- with no change to external dimensions. Honda currently offers gasoline engines for a wide variety of applications ranging from 2.2 to 13 horsepower.
 In early 1993, American Honda will release two new OHV V-Twin Honda engines in 18 and 20 horsepower models. These V-twins have been designed for, and will meet, the 1994 CARB standards.
 -0- 1/22/93
 /CONTACT: John Lally of Honda Power Equipment 404-497-6000/
 (HMC)


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