Hondanews Online Newsroom http://hondanews.com en-US dev@wieck.com (Wieck Media) Copyright 2014 40 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:14:16 -0700 Honda Marine: Honda BF2.3 left view <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/2483/0c95/24830c95-59ac-4989-9ffe-2189c4fbb72b-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda BF2.3 left view Honda Marine Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:06:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-bf2-3-left-view http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-bf2-3-left-view Honda BF2.3 left view <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/2483/0c95/24830c95-59ac-4989-9ffe-2189c4fbb72b-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda BF2.3 left view Honda Marine: Honda BF2.3 right view <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0a13/4d9f/0a134d9f-f5a2-4600-9224-c41bc1e5acf7-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda BF2.3 right view Honda Marine Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:06:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-bf2-3-right-view http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-bf2-3-right-view Honda BF2.3 right view <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0a13/4d9f/0a134d9f-f5a2-4600-9224-c41bc1e5acf7-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda BF2.3 right view Honda Marine: Honda Marine Launches All-New BF2.3 Portable Outboard <p>Honda Marine introduces the new BF2.3 horsepower (hp) four-stroke engine, one of the company's smallest and most lightweight engines.  Replacing the existing Honda BF2 model, the Honda BF2.3 portable outboard engine incorporates a host of Honda-exclusive technologies that provide increased value and benefit to consumers. </p> <p>The new Honda Marine BF2.3 engine features bold new styling – indicative of the innovative design motif for all Honda portables and outboard engines.   A sleek, aerodynamic shape and a refined new color and decal scheme provide for a modern appearance.  Inside this striking new package is a truly improved engine product that optimizes performance, saves fuel and keeps emissions to a minimum.</p> <p> "The new Honda Marine BF2.3 portable outboard is deceptive in its small stature," said Alan Simmons, national manager, Honda Marine. "Beneath the engine's compact and attractive exterior lies a technologically advanced design that lends itself to enhanced performance for a better boating experience.  Without question, the Honda BF2.3 is a powerful, dependable and fuel-efficient giant."</p> <p><strong><em>Lightweight, More Powerful and Fuel Efficient</em></strong></p> <p>Based on a commercial-grade Honda GX series general purpose engine, the new BF2.3 outboard supplies the same rugged and consistent power that many small industrial and residential power products rely on to help people get things done.  The four-stroke, overhead valve, single cylinder Honda engine delivers smooth operation, easy starting and dependable performance in even the harshest of environments.  Honda Engines are legendary for their ease of operation and best-in-class engineering and technology.</p> <p>Specifically, the new BF2.3 delivers 15 percent more horsepower than its predecessor, the BF2.  The BF2.3 still is the lightest outboard in its class, weighing just 29.5 pounds without propeller.  Lighter weight translates into an easily transportable and maneuverable outboard, making trips to and from the boat a simple task. </p> <p>As was the case for the outgoing Honda BF2 portable outboard, the new BF2.3 remains the most fuel efficient engine within its competitive set.  While delivering best-in-class fuel economy, the engine also has been designed with the environment in mind, reducing emissions levels from the outgoing model.</p> <p><strong><em>Additional Features and Benefits, Ease-of-Use</em></strong></p> <p> A new, larger internal fuel tank allows the BF2.3 an increase of 12 percent in fuel capacity (as compared to the BF2), resulting in longer overall running times.  Specifically, the BF2.3 can operate up to 60 minutes at full throttle on one tank of fuel.  Since the tank is internal, it encourages easy removal and portability in its one-unit design.</p> <p>For convenience, a centrifugal clutch on the new engine creates superb smooth idling capability.  In relation, this clutch automatically engages the propeller above idle speed when the twist grip throttle is advanced.</p> <p>Important to boaters is the ability to run in the shallows, and the BF2.3 does so with ease.  Since the outboard does not require a water pump, clogging or damage from weeds or sand never are concerns.</p> <p>Beginning summer 2012, the new Honda BF2.3 portable outboard engine will be available at Honda Marine dealers nationwide.  All new Honda outboard engines sold for recreational use, including the new BF2.3, offer an industry-best True 5-year, non-declining limited factory warranty that is the same on the last day as it is on the first.</p> <p>Honda Marine exclusively features four-stroke outboard engine technology for high fuel efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda's outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. With models ranging from 2.3 to 250 horsepower, the full line of Honda Marine current production models all certify to California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> # # #<strong></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Editor's Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outboard marine engines.   Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda Marine products is available at </em><a href="http://www.hondanews.com" target="_blank"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p><em>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com" target="_blank"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>For product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com/"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Connect with Honda Marine on Facebook by visiting </em><a href="http://facebook.com/hondamarine" target="_blank"><em>http://facebook.com/hondamarine</em></a>.</p> Honda Marine Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:58:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/releases/1f3ceec2-ccd0-4241-a1cb-3faadb6bfb54 http://hondanews.com/releases/1f3ceec2-ccd0-4241-a1cb-3faadb6bfb54 Honda Marine Launches All-New BF2.3 Portable Outboard <p>Honda Marine introduces the new BF2.3 horsepower (hp) four-stroke engine, one of the company's smallest and most lightweight engines.  Replacing the existing Honda BF2 model, the Honda BF2.3 portable outboard engine incorporates a host of Honda-exclusive technologies that provide increased value and benefit to consumers. </p> <p>The new Honda Marine BF2.3 engine features bold new styling – indicative of the innovative design motif for all Honda portables and outboard engines.   A sleek, aerodynamic shape and a refined new color and decal scheme provide for a modern appearance.  Inside this striking new package is a truly improved engine product that optimizes performance, saves fuel and keeps emissions to a minimum.</p> <p> "The new Honda Marine BF2.3 portable outboard is deceptive in its small stature," said Alan Simmons, national manager, Honda Marine. "Beneath the engine's compact and attractive exterior lies a technologically advanced design that lends itself to enhanced performance for a better boating experience.  Without question, the Honda BF2.3 is a powerful, dependable and fuel-efficient giant."</p> <p><strong><em>Lightweight, More Powerful and Fuel Efficient</em></strong></p> <p>Based on a commercial-grade Honda GX series general purpose engine, the new BF2.3 outboard supplies the same rugged and consistent power that many small industrial and residential power products rely on to help people get things done.  The four-stroke, overhead valve, single cylinder Honda engine delivers smooth operation, easy starting and dependable performance in even the harshest of environments.  Honda Engines are legendary for their ease of operation and best-in-class engineering and technology.</p> <p>Specifically, the new BF2.3 delivers 15 percent more horsepower than its predecessor, the BF2.  The BF2.3 still is the lightest outboard in its class, weighing just 29.5 pounds without propeller.  Lighter weight translates into an easily transportable and maneuverable outboard, making trips to and from the boat a simple task. </p> <p>As was the case for the outgoing Honda BF2 portable outboard, the new BF2.3 remains the most fuel efficient engine within its competitive set.  While delivering best-in-class fuel economy, the engine also has been designed with the environment in mind, reducing emissions levels from the outgoing model.</p> <p><strong><em>Additional Features and Benefits, Ease-of-Use</em></strong></p> <p> A new, larger internal fuel tank allows the BF2.3 an increase of 12 percent in fuel capacity (as compared to the BF2), resulting in longer overall running times.  Specifically, the BF2.3 can operate up to 60 minutes at full throttle on one tank of fuel.  Since the tank is internal, it encourages easy removal and portability in its one-unit design.</p> <p>For convenience, a centrifugal clutch on the new engine creates superb smooth idling capability.  In relation, this clutch automatically engages the propeller above idle speed when the twist grip throttle is advanced.</p> <p>Important to boaters is the ability to run in the shallows, and the BF2.3 does so with ease.  Since the outboard does not require a water pump, clogging or damage from weeds or sand never are concerns.</p> <p>Beginning summer 2012, the new Honda BF2.3 portable outboard engine will be available at Honda Marine dealers nationwide.  All new Honda outboard engines sold for recreational use, including the new BF2.3, offer an industry-best True 5-year, non-declining limited factory warranty that is the same on the last day as it is on the first.</p> <p>Honda Marine exclusively features four-stroke outboard engine technology for high fuel efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda's outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. With models ranging from 2.3 to 250 horsepower, the full line of Honda Marine current production models all certify to California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> # # #<strong></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Editor's Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outboard marine engines.   Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda Marine products is available at </em><a href="http://www.hondanews.com" target="_blank"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p><em>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com" target="_blank"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>For product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com/"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Connect with Honda Marine on Facebook by visiting </em><a href="http://facebook.com/hondamarine" target="_blank"><em>http://facebook.com/hondamarine</em></a>.</p> Honda Marine: Honda BF2.3 - Features and Technical Specifications <p>Weighing only 29.5 pounds, the Honda Marine BF2.3 is the lightest four-stroke outboard motor in America.  The single-cylinder, 57.2 cc engine incorporates a number of innovative features, including Shallow Water Drive, Twist Grip Throttle, Front-Mount Carrying Handle, and 4-Front Corrosion Protection. Within this striking new package is an engine that optimizes performance, has best-in-class fuel economy, and offers reduced emissions (as compared to the Honda BF2 model it replaces).</p> <p> The Centrifugal Clutch on the Honda BF2.3 maintains a smooth idle for easy trolling, automatically engaging the propeller when the throttle is advanced.  The engine also incorporates a Full Swivel Bracket designed to enhance overall durability by reducing vibration to the tiller handle.  And since the outboard does not require a water pump, clogging and drainage from weeds or sand are never a concern.</p> <p><strong>Specifications</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Engine</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Type</td> <td>Four-Stroke OHV Single Cylinder</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Displacement</td> <td>57.2 cc (3.49 cubic in)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Full Throttle HP Range</td> <td>5,000 – 6,000 RPM</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Rated Power</td> <td>2.3HP (1.7 kW) </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Valves Per Cylinder</td> <td>2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Fuel </td> <td>Unleaded 86 Octane</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ignition System</td> <td>Transistorized Magneto</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Starting System</td> <td>Recoil Starter </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lubrication</td> <td>Oil Slinger System</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cooling System</td> <td>Forced Air Cooling</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Clutch System</td> <td>Centrifugal Clutch</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Trim Range (Transom Angle)</td> <td>4 Stage: 5°, 10°, 15°, 20°</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Tilt Range (when transom angle at 5°)</td> <td>75°</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Rotation Range (Steering Angle)</td> <td>360°</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Tank Capacity</td> <td>0.29 US gal (1.1L)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Oil Capacity</td> <td><p>Engine: 0.26 qt (0.25 L) <br> Gear Case: 0.05 qt (0.05 L)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Drive</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Gear Ratio</td> <td>2.42:1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Propeller</td> <td><p>3-Blade Polypropylene (7 ¼ x 7 ½ in.)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Spark Plug Gap</td> <td>0.6 mm – 0.7 mm (0.024 in – 0.028 in)</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Dimensions</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Transom Height(s)</td> <td>(SCH) 418 mm / 16.5 in<br> (LCH) 571 mm / 22.5 in</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Overall Height</td> <td>(SCH) 964 mm / 38.0 in<br> (LCH)  1,117 mm / 44.0 in</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Overall Width</td> <td>11.2 in (285 mm)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Overall Length</td> <td>16.1 in  (410 mm)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dry Weight</td> <td>(SCH) 13 kg / 29.5 lbs<br> (LCH) 14 kg / 31 lbs</td> </tr> </table> Honda Marine Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:47:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/releases/76077c75-64ce-46e6-b1df-e2c90d5fa29e http://hondanews.com/releases/76077c75-64ce-46e6-b1df-e2c90d5fa29e Honda BF2.3 - Features and Technical Specifications <p>Weighing only 29.5 pounds, the Honda Marine BF2.3 is the lightest four-stroke outboard motor in America.  The single-cylinder, 57.2 cc engine incorporates a number of innovative features, including Shallow Water Drive, Twist Grip Throttle, Front-Mount Carrying Handle, and 4-Front Corrosion Protection. Within this striking new package is an engine that optimizes performance, has best-in-class fuel economy, and offers reduced emissions (as compared to the Honda BF2 model it replaces).</p> <p> The Centrifugal Clutch on the Honda BF2.3 maintains a smooth idle for easy trolling, automatically engaging the propeller when the throttle is advanced.  The engine also incorporates a Full Swivel Bracket designed to enhance overall durability by reducing vibration to the tiller handle.  And since the outboard does not require a water pump, clogging and drainage from weeds or sand are never a concern.</p> <p><strong>Specifications</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Engine</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Type</td> <td>Four-Stroke OHV Single Cylinder</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Displacement</td> <td>57.2 cc (3.49 cubic in)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Full Throttle HP Range</td> <td>5,000 – 6,000 RPM</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Rated Power</td> <td>2.3HP (1.7 kW) </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Valves Per Cylinder</td> <td>2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Fuel </td> <td>Unleaded 86 Octane</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ignition System</td> <td>Transistorized Magneto</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Starting System</td> <td>Recoil Starter </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lubrication</td> <td>Oil Slinger System</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cooling System</td> <td>Forced Air Cooling</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Clutch System</td> <td>Centrifugal Clutch</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Trim Range (Transom Angle)</td> <td>4 Stage: 5°, 10°, 15°, 20°</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Tilt Range (when transom angle at 5°)</td> <td>75°</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Rotation Range (Steering Angle)</td> <td>360°</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Tank Capacity</td> <td>0.29 US gal (1.1L)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Oil Capacity</td> <td><p>Engine: 0.26 qt (0.25 L) <br> Gear Case: 0.05 qt (0.05 L)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Drive</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Gear Ratio</td> <td>2.42:1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Propeller</td> <td><p>3-Blade Polypropylene (7 ¼ x 7 ½ in.)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Spark Plug Gap</td> <td>0.6 mm – 0.7 mm (0.024 in – 0.028 in)</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Dimensions</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Transom Height(s)</td> <td>(SCH) 418 mm / 16.5 in<br> (LCH) 571 mm / 22.5 in</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Overall Height</td> <td>(SCH) 964 mm / 38.0 in<br> (LCH)  1,117 mm / 44.0 in</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Overall Width</td> <td>11.2 in (285 mm)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Overall Length</td> <td>16.1 in  (410 mm)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dry Weight</td> <td>(SCH) 13 kg / 29.5 lbs<br> (LCH) 14 kg / 31 lbs</td> </tr> </table> Honda Marine: MarCom Awards Logo 2012 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3ef4/00c1/3ef400c1-3f21-4336-af1d-7cba05027de5-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> MarCom Awards Logo 2012 Honda Marine Wed, 17 Apr 2013 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/marcom-awards-logo-2012 http://hondanews.com/photos/marcom-awards-logo-2012 MarCom Awards Logo 2012 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3ef4/00c1/3ef400c1-3f21-4336-af1d-7cba05027de5-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> MarCom Awards Logo 2012 Honda Marine: Honda Power Equipment Earns Two 2012 MarCom Awards <p>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has received two new MarCom Awards for two of its computer-based dealer and distributor service training modules. The Honda Engines and Honda Marine training courses were recognized by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals for their comprehensive training programs and individual instructional sections.</p> <p>Honda Engines earned an overall Platinum MarCom Award for the Honda Engines Maintenance digital training course. Honda Marine was awarded a Gold MarCom Award for its propeller basics curriculum offered to dealer technicians via the Honda Marine online technical training program.</p> <p>Honda produced its unique online service training solution with Irvine, California-based Pacific Technology Solutions (PTS). The training is used in Honda Engines and Honda Marine dealerships and distributor facilities nationwide.</p> <p>Administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, the MarCom Awards program recognizes outstanding creative achievement by industry professionals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence, and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. Winners are selected from an average of more than 6,000 entries within 200 categories, covering seven forms of media and communication efforts, including: marketing; publications; promotions; public service/pro bono; creativity; and electronic/interactive.</p> <p>"Receiving MarCom awards for two of our key training modules is extremely gratifying and recognizes our company's work in perfecting our online training resources," said Scott Conner, senior vice president, Honda Power Equipment. "We continually work to design training programs that best suit the unique needs of our dealers and distributors, in order to ensure that our retail customers receive a quality service or warranty experience with the Honda powered products."</p> <p>Honda is the world's largest engine manufacturer, having sold more units than any other manufacturer in 2012 across all of its global product lines. The company's marine outboard and general purpose engine products are characterized by the same technology that is behind the Honda reputation for unparalleled durability, quality and reliability.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong><em>Editor's Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., 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 4-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda Marine and Honda Engine products is available at <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases/www.hondanews.com">www.hondanews.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com/">www.honda.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>For Honda Engines product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit <a href="http://www.engines.honda.com">www.engines.honda.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>For Honda Marine product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit <a href="http://www.hondamarine.com/"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a>.</em></p> <p><em>Connect with Honda Marine on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://facebook.com/hondamarine">http://facebook.com/hondamarine</a></em>.</p> Honda Marine Wed, 17 Apr 2013 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/2ff84ad8-73d3-4a4d-aa69-eab1d38981fd http://hondanews.com/releases/2ff84ad8-73d3-4a4d-aa69-eab1d38981fd Honda Power Equipment Earns Two 2012 MarCom Awards <p>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has received two new MarCom Awards for two of its computer-based dealer and distributor service training modules. The Honda Engines and Honda Marine training courses were recognized by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals for their comprehensive training programs and individual instructional sections.</p> <p>Honda Engines earned an overall Platinum MarCom Award for the Honda Engines Maintenance digital training course. Honda Marine was awarded a Gold MarCom Award for its propeller basics curriculum offered to dealer technicians via the Honda Marine online technical training program.</p> <p>Honda produced its unique online service training solution with Irvine, California-based Pacific Technology Solutions (PTS). The training is used in Honda Engines and Honda Marine dealerships and distributor facilities nationwide.</p> <p>Administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, the MarCom Awards program recognizes outstanding creative achievement by industry professionals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence, and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. Winners are selected from an average of more than 6,000 entries within 200 categories, covering seven forms of media and communication efforts, including: marketing; publications; promotions; public service/pro bono; creativity; and electronic/interactive.</p> <p>"Receiving MarCom awards for two of our key training modules is extremely gratifying and recognizes our company's work in perfecting our online training resources," said Scott Conner, senior vice president, Honda Power Equipment. "We continually work to design training programs that best suit the unique needs of our dealers and distributors, in order to ensure that our retail customers receive a quality service or warranty experience with the Honda powered products."</p> <p>Honda is the world's largest engine manufacturer, having sold more units than any other manufacturer in 2012 across all of its global product lines. The company's marine outboard and general purpose engine products are characterized by the same technology that is behind the Honda reputation for unparalleled durability, quality and reliability.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong><em>Editor's Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., 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 4-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda Marine and Honda Engine products is available at <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases/www.hondanews.com">www.hondanews.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com/">www.honda.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>For Honda Engines product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit <a href="http://www.engines.honda.com">www.engines.honda.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>For Honda Marine product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit <a href="http://www.hondamarine.com/"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a>.</em></p> <p><em>Connect with Honda Marine on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://facebook.com/hondamarine">http://facebook.com/hondamarine</a></em>.</p> Honda Marine: Honda Power Equipment Launches New Program for Dealers <p>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and marketer of a complete range of outdoor power equipment, announced today the launch of a new dealer program designed to support Honda Power Equipment, Honda Engines and Honda Marine product dealers participating in the company's global sustainability initiatives.  </p> <p>Honda has created an all new Eco-Guide to complement this dealer program, illustrating specific practices Honda dealers can undertake that will dovetail with, and extend the robust range of, Honda environmental strategies designed to meet the needs of an evolving environmental landscape.  </p> <p>The Eco-Guide offers information on small and large initiatives dealers can adopt to create environmental efficiencies at their facilities.  The guide provides a comprehensive list of recycling, energy savings, and heating, cooling, water and community conservation initiatives, along with ways for dealerships to implement these activities.  Printable files of posters and labels accompany the Eco-Guide to help dealers visually highlight their environmental efforts to customers and members of their communities.  The guide also includes links to national and state environmental resources that are available to help dealers with their individual plans of action.  </p> <p>Environmental sustainability is a bedrock value at American Honda.  When the company introduced its first marine outboard engine in 1964, Honda founder <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soichiro_Honda" title="Soichiro Honda">Soichiro Honda</a> explained his position on helping protect the environment by noting that a marine engine should not emit oil into the same water where rice is grown.  Through the years, the company has demonstrated its leadership in environmental sustainability by adopting sound practices combined with an ethos of continuous improvement. Honda associates around the world have developed countless fuel-efficient, low emission and energy creation technologies, while also adopting environmentally responsible manufacturing processes and daily business practices.  </p> <p>"Whether we are manufacturers, distributors, retailers or consumers, we all are part of one continuous supply chain sharing one planet," said Scott Conner, vice president, Honda Power Equipment.  "The Eco-Guide will help our dealers carry out and extend the Honda environmental commitment by providing simple ways to make a real difference in our shared environment.  Collectively, we can magnify our efforts to produce tremendous positive results for generations to come."</p> <p>In 1992, Honda established and announced the Honda Environmental Statement, defining its commitment and guiding its efforts to address environmental issues.  The company also has published an environmental sustainability report annually since 2005.  The theme, <em>Blue Skies for Our Children,</em> illustrates the Honda environmental vision of a society where future generations can experience the joy and freedom of mobility while living within a sustainable society. </p> <p>Honda is making the Eco-Guide available to its dealers exclusively through its company intranet.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong><em>Editor's Note:</em></strong></p> <p><strong>About Honda Power Equipment</strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., 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 4-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda products is available at </em><em><u><a href="http://www.hondanews.com/">www.hondanews.com</a>.</u></em><br> <em>Consumer information regarding Honda products is available at </em><em><u><a href="http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/">www.hondapowerequipment.com</a>. </u></em></p> Honda Marine Thu, 16 Aug 2012 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/51d599d0-e32e-4abc-a6bc-b2980c29cd07 http://hondanews.com/releases/51d599d0-e32e-4abc-a6bc-b2980c29cd07 Honda Power Equipment Launches New Program for Dealers <p>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and marketer of a complete range of outdoor power equipment, announced today the launch of a new dealer program designed to support Honda Power Equipment, Honda Engines and Honda Marine product dealers participating in the company's global sustainability initiatives.  </p> <p>Honda has created an all new Eco-Guide to complement this dealer program, illustrating specific practices Honda dealers can undertake that will dovetail with, and extend the robust range of, Honda environmental strategies designed to meet the needs of an evolving environmental landscape.  </p> <p>The Eco-Guide offers information on small and large initiatives dealers can adopt to create environmental efficiencies at their facilities.  The guide provides a comprehensive list of recycling, energy savings, and heating, cooling, water and community conservation initiatives, along with ways for dealerships to implement these activities.  Printable files of posters and labels accompany the Eco-Guide to help dealers visually highlight their environmental efforts to customers and members of their communities.  The guide also includes links to national and state environmental resources that are available to help dealers with their individual plans of action.  </p> <p>Environmental sustainability is a bedrock value at American Honda.  When the company introduced its first marine outboard engine in 1964, Honda founder <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soichiro_Honda" title="Soichiro Honda">Soichiro Honda</a> explained his position on helping protect the environment by noting that a marine engine should not emit oil into the same water where rice is grown.  Through the years, the company has demonstrated its leadership in environmental sustainability by adopting sound practices combined with an ethos of continuous improvement. Honda associates around the world have developed countless fuel-efficient, low emission and energy creation technologies, while also adopting environmentally responsible manufacturing processes and daily business practices.  </p> <p>"Whether we are manufacturers, distributors, retailers or consumers, we all are part of one continuous supply chain sharing one planet," said Scott Conner, vice president, Honda Power Equipment.  "The Eco-Guide will help our dealers carry out and extend the Honda environmental commitment by providing simple ways to make a real difference in our shared environment.  Collectively, we can magnify our efforts to produce tremendous positive results for generations to come."</p> <p>In 1992, Honda established and announced the Honda Environmental Statement, defining its commitment and guiding its efforts to address environmental issues.  The company also has published an environmental sustainability report annually since 2005.  The theme, <em>Blue Skies for Our Children,</em> illustrates the Honda environmental vision of a society where future generations can experience the joy and freedom of mobility while living within a sustainable society. </p> <p>Honda is making the Eco-Guide available to its dealers exclusively through its company intranet.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong><em>Editor's Note:</em></strong></p> <p><strong>About Honda Power Equipment</strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., 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 4-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda products is available at </em><em><u><a href="http://www.hondanews.com/">www.hondanews.com</a>.</u></em><br> <em>Consumer information regarding Honda products is available at </em><em><u><a href="http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/">www.hondapowerequipment.com</a>. </u></em></p> Honda Marine: Honda Marine Names 2012 Certified 'Master Tech' <p>Honda Marine congratulates Mark Dawley, dealer technician from Soundside Marine, Inc. in Edenton, North Carolina for achieving 'Master Tech' status for 2012. Mr. Dawley has secured his 'Master Tech' certification following a rigorous eight-hour test administered at a Honda Marine training center. Obtaining this exclusive certification designates a Honda Marine service technician as possessing the highest level of professional qualification within the company's service training program. </p> <p>To achieve 'Master Tech' status, Honda service technicians specifically undergo a series of rigorous tests of their Honda-specific skills, including technical processes, maintenance procedures, service diagnostics and repair support resources.</p> <p>"Our Master Techs represent the brightest and most dedicated professionals among Honda Marine service technicians," said Paul Sabourin, national service manager, Honda Marine. "Their vast knowledge base offers customers the best service experience possible."</p> <p>Mr. Dawley will hold the title of 'Master Tech' for four years, after which he will be re-tested to retain his status.</p> <p>Honda Marine exclusively features four-stroke outboard engine technology for high fuel efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda's outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. With models ranging from 2.3 to 250 horsepower, the full line of Honda Marine current production models all certify to California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states. </p> <p># # #</p> <p><em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong></em></p> <p><em>Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outboard marine engines. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda Marine products is available at <a href="www.hondanews.com">www.hondanews.com</a>. </em></p> <p><em>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com">www.honda.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>For product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit <a href="http://www.hondamarine.com/">www.hondamarine.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Connect with Honda Marine on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://facebook.com/hondamarine">http://facebook.com/hondamarine</a>.</em></p> Honda Marine Fri, 04 May 2012 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/10225383-8327-4031-b0c8-ede32a873e9d http://hondanews.com/releases/10225383-8327-4031-b0c8-ede32a873e9d Honda Marine Names 2012 Certified 'Master Tech' <p>Honda Marine congratulates Mark Dawley, dealer technician from Soundside Marine, Inc. in Edenton, North Carolina for achieving 'Master Tech' status for 2012. Mr. Dawley has secured his 'Master Tech' certification following a rigorous eight-hour test administered at a Honda Marine training center. Obtaining this exclusive certification designates a Honda Marine service technician as possessing the highest level of professional qualification within the company's service training program. </p> <p>To achieve 'Master Tech' status, Honda service technicians specifically undergo a series of rigorous tests of their Honda-specific skills, including technical processes, maintenance procedures, service diagnostics and repair support resources.</p> <p>"Our Master Techs represent the brightest and most dedicated professionals among Honda Marine service technicians," said Paul Sabourin, national service manager, Honda Marine. "Their vast knowledge base offers customers the best service experience possible."</p> <p>Mr. Dawley will hold the title of 'Master Tech' for four years, after which he will be re-tested to retain his status.</p> <p>Honda Marine exclusively features four-stroke outboard engine technology for high fuel efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda's outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. With models ranging from 2.3 to 250 horsepower, the full line of Honda Marine current production models all certify to California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states. </p> <p># # #</p> <p><em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong></em></p> <p><em>Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outboard marine engines. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda Marine products is available at <a href="www.hondanews.com">www.hondanews.com</a>. </em></p> <p><em>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com">www.honda.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>For product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit <a href="http://www.hondamarine.com/">www.hondamarine.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Connect with Honda Marine on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://facebook.com/hondamarine">http://facebook.com/hondamarine</a>.</em></p> Honda Marine: Honda Marine Announces Plan to Launch All-New Electric Shift Throttle System <p>Honda Marine introduced today a plan to introduce a Honda branded electronic shift and throttle system for its popular V6 outboard engines. The new Honda in-cowl system will provide shift and throttle actuation within the current outboard cowling envelope for ease of use and an integrated design. </p> <p>Featuring a stylized control handle and tailored to Honda's exacting performance requirements, the shift and throttle system will be able to be installed on new and previously purchased BF200, BF225 and BF250 Honda outboard engines, creating a smooth incorporation into multiple products and boating platforms. Both single- and multi-engine applications can seamlessly accommodate the system without the need for additional installation kits or components.</p> <p>"The new Honda electric shift and throttle system further enhances our commitment to creating engine products that provide the highest levels of customer satisfaction," said Alan Simmons, national manager, Honda Marine. "The introduction of this system allows our customers to enjoy an even better and more rewarding experience while using their Honda outboards."</p> <p>Single engine systems will include features for improved throttle control while docking, fine tuning of trolling speed and multi-station applications. Multi-engine systems will include engine synchronization, single lever control for all engines utilizing the system, single bottom trim of all engines and individual trim controls for twin engine setups. The system will also feature onboard diagnostics for easy setup." </p> <p>A compact control processor includes one processor per engine for system integrity and tachometer inputs for multi-engine synchronization. The shift actuator is shift mounted in the upper rigging cover with a three-position, high shift load capacity. For ease of installation, a two-piece rigging cover has been utilized.</p> <p>Beginning in late summer / early fall of 2012, the new Honda electric shift throttle system will be available for installation at Honda Marine dealers and participating boat builders nationwide. </p> <p>All new Honda outboard engines sold for recreational use offer an industry-best True 5-year, non-declining limited factory warranty that is the same on the last day as it is on the first. </p> <p>Honda Marine exclusively features four-stroke outboard engine technology for high fuel efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda's outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. With models ranging from 2 to 250 horsepower, the Honda Marine full line of current production models certify to California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states. </p> <p> # # #<strong></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Editor's Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outboard marine engines. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda Marine products is available at </em><a href="www.hondanews.com"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p><em>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>For product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com/"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Connect with Honda Marine on Facebook by visiting </em><a href="http://facebook.com/hondamarine"><em>http://facebook.com/hondamarine</em></a></p> Honda Marine Thu, 16 Feb 2012 06:12:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/releases/fa65245b-13eb-420d-b528-da0985a9df95 http://hondanews.com/releases/fa65245b-13eb-420d-b528-da0985a9df95 Honda Marine Announces Plan to Launch All-New Electric Shift Throttle System <p>Honda Marine introduced today a plan to introduce a Honda branded electronic shift and throttle system for its popular V6 outboard engines. The new Honda in-cowl system will provide shift and throttle actuation within the current outboard cowling envelope for ease of use and an integrated design. </p> <p>Featuring a stylized control handle and tailored to Honda's exacting performance requirements, the shift and throttle system will be able to be installed on new and previously purchased BF200, BF225 and BF250 Honda outboard engines, creating a smooth incorporation into multiple products and boating platforms. Both single- and multi-engine applications can seamlessly accommodate the system without the need for additional installation kits or components.</p> <p>"The new Honda electric shift and throttle system further enhances our commitment to creating engine products that provide the highest levels of customer satisfaction," said Alan Simmons, national manager, Honda Marine. "The introduction of this system allows our customers to enjoy an even better and more rewarding experience while using their Honda outboards."</p> <p>Single engine systems will include features for improved throttle control while docking, fine tuning of trolling speed and multi-station applications. Multi-engine systems will include engine synchronization, single lever control for all engines utilizing the system, single bottom trim of all engines and individual trim controls for twin engine setups. The system will also feature onboard diagnostics for easy setup." </p> <p>A compact control processor includes one processor per engine for system integrity and tachometer inputs for multi-engine synchronization. The shift actuator is shift mounted in the upper rigging cover with a three-position, high shift load capacity. For ease of installation, a two-piece rigging cover has been utilized.</p> <p>Beginning in late summer / early fall of 2012, the new Honda electric shift throttle system will be available for installation at Honda Marine dealers and participating boat builders nationwide. </p> <p>All new Honda outboard engines sold for recreational use offer an industry-best True 5-year, non-declining limited factory warranty that is the same on the last day as it is on the first. </p> <p>Honda Marine exclusively features four-stroke outboard engine technology for high fuel efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda's outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. With models ranging from 2 to 250 horsepower, the Honda Marine full line of current production models certify to California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states. </p> <p> # # #<strong></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Editor's Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outboard marine engines. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda Marine products is available at </em><a href="www.hondanews.com"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p><em>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>For product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com/"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Connect with Honda Marine on Facebook by visiting </em><a href="http://facebook.com/hondamarine"><em>http://facebook.com/hondamarine</em></a></p> Honda Marine: 2011 MarCom Platinum Award <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9c47/6a9d/9c476a9d-41e1-4376-943f-7717f034581d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2011 MarCom Platinum Award Honda Marine Thu, 02 Feb 2012 06:00:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/photos/2011-marcom-platinum-award http://hondanews.com/photos/2011-marcom-platinum-award 2011 MarCom Platinum Award <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9c47/6a9d/9c476a9d-41e1-4376-943f-7717f034581d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2011 MarCom Platinum Award Honda Marine: Honda Power Equipment Earns Seven 2011 MarCom Awards <p>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has received a total of seven MarCom Awards for several of its computer-based dealer and distributor service training modules. Two business units of Honda Power Equipment - Honda Engines and Honda Marine - were recognized by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals for their comprehensive training programs and individual instructional sections.</p> <p>Specifically, Honda Engines earned an overall Platinum MarCom Award for its Honda Engines Training and Certification System (TACS), along with specific recognition for two training modules offered within the system: 4-stroke engine theory and carburetor theory. Additionally, Honda Engines garnered a Gold MarCom statuette for its electrical fundamentals training module, while the company's basic emissions and DDiN navigation module were noted as receiving an honorable mention.</p> <p>Honda Marine was awarded a Platinum MarCom for the outboard rigging curriculum offered to dealer technicians via the Honda Marine online technical training program.</p> <p>Honda produced its unique online service training solution in conjunction with Irvine, California-based Pacific Technology Solutions (PTS). The training is used in Honda Engine and Honda Marine dealership and distributor facilities nationwide.</p> <p>Administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, the MarCom Awards program recognizes outstanding creative achievement by industry professionals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence, and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. Winners are selected from more than 6,000 entries within 200 categories, covering seven forms of media and communication efforts, including: marketing; publications; promotions; public service/pro bono; creativity; and electronic/interactive.</p> <p>"The Honda Power Equipment organization is honored that the online training programs of two of our business groups have been recognized for excellence in marketing and communication," said Scott Conner, vice president, Honda Power Equipment. "At Honda, our teams always make it a priority to listen to and work closely with our dealers and distributors in developing a training system that meets their unique needs."</p> <p>Honda is the world's largest engine manufacturer, having sold more than 27 million units in 2010 across all of its global product lines. The company's marine outboard and general purpose engine products are characterized by the same technology that is behind the Honda reputation for unparalleled durability, quality and reliability.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong><em>Editor's Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., 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 4-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda Marine and Honda Engine products is available at </em><a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases/www.hondanews.com"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>.</em> </p> <p><em>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com/"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em><u>.</u></em> </p> <p><em>For Honda Engines product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit </em><a href="http://www.engines.honda.com">www.engines.honda.com</a><em><u>.</u></em></p> <p><em>For Honda Marine product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com/"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em> </p> <p><em>Connect with Honda Generators on Facebook by visiting </em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators"><em>http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators</em></a> </p> <p><em>Connect with Honda Marine on Facebook by visiting </em><a href="http://facebook.com/hondamarine"><em>http://facebook.com/hondamarine</em></a>.</p> Honda Marine Thu, 02 Feb 2012 06:00:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/releases/e93c0c86-70bb-484d-b55b-0f77eaa58e2d http://hondanews.com/releases/e93c0c86-70bb-484d-b55b-0f77eaa58e2d Honda Power Equipment Earns Seven 2011 MarCom Awards <p>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has received a total of seven MarCom Awards for several of its computer-based dealer and distributor service training modules. Two business units of Honda Power Equipment - Honda Engines and Honda Marine - were recognized by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals for their comprehensive training programs and individual instructional sections.</p> <p>Specifically, Honda Engines earned an overall Platinum MarCom Award for its Honda Engines Training and Certification System (TACS), along with specific recognition for two training modules offered within the system: 4-stroke engine theory and carburetor theory. Additionally, Honda Engines garnered a Gold MarCom statuette for its electrical fundamentals training module, while the company's basic emissions and DDiN navigation module were noted as receiving an honorable mention.</p> <p>Honda Marine was awarded a Platinum MarCom for the outboard rigging curriculum offered to dealer technicians via the Honda Marine online technical training program.</p> <p>Honda produced its unique online service training solution in conjunction with Irvine, California-based Pacific Technology Solutions (PTS). The training is used in Honda Engine and Honda Marine dealership and distributor facilities nationwide.</p> <p>Administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, the MarCom Awards program recognizes outstanding creative achievement by industry professionals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence, and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. Winners are selected from more than 6,000 entries within 200 categories, covering seven forms of media and communication efforts, including: marketing; publications; promotions; public service/pro bono; creativity; and electronic/interactive.</p> <p>"The Honda Power Equipment organization is honored that the online training programs of two of our business groups have been recognized for excellence in marketing and communication," said Scott Conner, vice president, Honda Power Equipment. "At Honda, our teams always make it a priority to listen to and work closely with our dealers and distributors in developing a training system that meets their unique needs."</p> <p>Honda is the world's largest engine manufacturer, having sold more than 27 million units in 2010 across all of its global product lines. The company's marine outboard and general purpose engine products are characterized by the same technology that is behind the Honda reputation for unparalleled durability, quality and reliability.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong><em>Editor's Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., 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 4-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda Marine and Honda Engine products is available at </em><a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases/www.hondanews.com"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>.</em> </p> <p><em>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com/"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em><u>.</u></em> </p> <p><em>For Honda Engines product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit </em><a href="http://www.engines.honda.com">www.engines.honda.com</a><em><u>.</u></em></p> <p><em>For Honda Marine product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com/"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em> </p> <p><em>Connect with Honda Generators on Facebook by visiting </em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators"><em>http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators</em></a> </p> <p><em>Connect with Honda Marine on Facebook by visiting </em><a href="http://facebook.com/hondamarine"><em>http://facebook.com/hondamarine</em></a>.</p> Honda Marine: 2011 MarCom Award <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/1b9b/d3ae/1b9bd3ae-bd7b-4514-ac76-9cc621270deb-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2011 MarCom Award Honda Marine Thu, 02 Feb 2012 06:00:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/photos/2011-marcom-award http://hondanews.com/photos/2011-marcom-award 2011 MarCom Award <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/1b9b/d3ae/1b9bd3ae-bd7b-4514-ac76-9cc621270deb-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2011 MarCom Award Honda Marine: 2011 IBEX Winner Award logo <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/64c0/ab9c/64c0ab9c-6e2a-4cd8-aeb4-06483bd50a55-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2011 IBEX Winner Award logo Honda Marine Tue, 18 Oct 2011 10:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2011-ibex-winner-award-logo http://hondanews.com/photos/2011-ibex-winner-award-logo 2011 IBEX Winner Award logo <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/64c0/ab9c/64c0ab9c-6e2a-4cd8-aeb4-06483bd50a55-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2011 IBEX Winner Award logo Honda Marine: Honda Marine Receives 2011 IBEX Innovation Award <p>The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), along with a judging panel from Boating Writers International (BWI), today named the all-new Honda Marine BF250 engine as recipient of a 2011 IBEX Innovation Award for outboard engine technology. </p> <p>BWI and the NMMA presented the 2011 award at the International Boat Builder's Exhibition (IBEX) show and conference at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. </p> <p>The IBEX Innovation Award is the industry's highest honor for innovative and technological advancement. The award recognizes advancements in OEM and aftermarket equipment based on specific criteria: innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; and cost effectiveness. </p> <p>The all-new Honda BF250 engine incorporates the world's first marine direct air dual circuit induction system of its type on a production outboard. The first circuit draws air into the front and around critical engine components, and a top-mounted cooling fan draws cooling air over the alternator. The second circuit routes cool air from the upper intake vents, removes moisture, and then inducts it into the throttle body. This system provides for cooler, denser air for better combustion than conventional under-cowl induction systems. </p> <p>Additionally, the Honda BF250's new idle-charging system was recognized as an innovative feature of the new engine. When the engine's electrical demand increases, the system automatically raises idle speed by 100 RPMs to generate nine additional amps for charging. With the BF250, boaters now can concurrently use multiple accessories without concern for draining their batteries.</p> <p>"Honda Marine has a history of championing new technologies and customer-focused features in our outboard products throughout the years," said Scott Conner, vice president, Honda Power Equipment. "Earning this award of distinction from both the NMMA and BWI provides a confirmation that our industry values this spirit of innovation."</p> <p>Honda Marine exclusively features four-stroke outboard engine technology for high fuel efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda's outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. With models ranging from 2 to 250 horsepower, the Honda Marine full line of current production models certify to California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states. </p> <p># # #<strong></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Editor's Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outboard marine engines. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda Marine products is available at </em><a href="..:Local%20Settings:Temporary%20Internet%20Files:OLK2A8:www.hondanews.com"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p><em>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com/"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>For product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com/"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Connect with Honda Marine on Facebook by visiting </em><a href="http://facebook.com/hondamarine"><em>http://facebook.com/hondamarine</em></a></p> Honda Marine Tue, 18 Oct 2011 09:55:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/3721f0b7-ecde-45f2-894b-4f3e39b4b57c http://hondanews.com/releases/3721f0b7-ecde-45f2-894b-4f3e39b4b57c Honda Marine Receives 2011 IBEX Innovation Award <p>The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), along with a judging panel from Boating Writers International (BWI), today named the all-new Honda Marine BF250 engine as recipient of a 2011 IBEX Innovation Award for outboard engine technology. </p> <p>BWI and the NMMA presented the 2011 award at the International Boat Builder's Exhibition (IBEX) show and conference at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. </p> <p>The IBEX Innovation Award is the industry's highest honor for innovative and technological advancement. The award recognizes advancements in OEM and aftermarket equipment based on specific criteria: innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; and cost effectiveness. </p> <p>The all-new Honda BF250 engine incorporates the world's first marine direct air dual circuit induction system of its type on a production outboard. The first circuit draws air into the front and around critical engine components, and a top-mounted cooling fan draws cooling air over the alternator. The second circuit routes cool air from the upper intake vents, removes moisture, and then inducts it into the throttle body. This system provides for cooler, denser air for better combustion than conventional under-cowl induction systems. </p> <p>Additionally, the Honda BF250's new idle-charging system was recognized as an innovative feature of the new engine. When the engine's electrical demand increases, the system automatically raises idle speed by 100 RPMs to generate nine additional amps for charging. With the BF250, boaters now can concurrently use multiple accessories without concern for draining their batteries.</p> <p>"Honda Marine has a history of championing new technologies and customer-focused features in our outboard products throughout the years," said Scott Conner, vice president, Honda Power Equipment. "Earning this award of distinction from both the NMMA and BWI provides a confirmation that our industry values this spirit of innovation."</p> <p>Honda Marine exclusively features four-stroke outboard engine technology for high fuel efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda's outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. With models ranging from 2 to 250 horsepower, the Honda Marine full line of current production models certify to California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states. </p> <p># # #<strong></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Editor's Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outboard marine engines. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda Marine products is available at </em><a href="..:Local%20Settings:Temporary%20Internet%20Files:OLK2A8:www.hondanews.com"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p><em>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com/"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>For product inquiries and dealer locations, please visit </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com/"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Connect with Honda Marine on Facebook by visiting </em><a href="http://facebook.com/hondamarine"><em>http://facebook.com/hondamarine</em></a></p> Honda Marine: Honda BF250 Engine - Charging Performance <p><strong><em>What features enhance the charging performance of the new Honda BF250?</em></strong></p> <p>When the electric load on the new Honda BF250 increases, an adjustable idling-charge system enhances the charging performance of the engine. The BF250 has an industry-first, <strong>AMP Plus (Amp+) </strong>feature which, at idle speeds, senses a need for more amperage and automatically raises the engine rpms by 100 to produce an additional nine amps. This is perfect for simultaneously running accessories such as SONAR, GPS, stereo, live wells and trolling motors. The below diagrams illustrate how this system works under specific operating conditions.</p> <!--<p><strong>Electrical Consumption Tested at 90 degrees C</strong></p> <p class="imageCenter"><img width="458" height="231" src="/media_storage/JPG/marine_charging_output.jpg"> <p class="imageCenter"><img width="491" height="302" src="/media_storage/JPG/marine_charging_power.jpg">--> Honda Marine Thu, 13 Oct 2011 06:51:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/ff9c400f-7f59-45b4-807e-f4a9d64edb85 http://hondanews.com/releases/ff9c400f-7f59-45b4-807e-f4a9d64edb85 Honda BF250 Engine - Charging Performance <p><strong><em>What features enhance the charging performance of the new Honda BF250?</em></strong></p> <p>When the electric load on the new Honda BF250 increases, an adjustable idling-charge system enhances the charging performance of the engine. The BF250 has an industry-first, <strong>AMP Plus (Amp+) </strong>feature which, at idle speeds, senses a need for more amperage and automatically raises the engine rpms by 100 to produce an additional nine amps. This is perfect for simultaneously running accessories such as SONAR, GPS, stereo, live wells and trolling motors. The below diagrams illustrate how this system works under specific operating conditions.</p> <!--<p><strong>Electrical Consumption Tested at 90 degrees C</strong></p> <p class="imageCenter"><img width="458" height="231" src="/media_storage/JPG/marine_charging_output.jpg"> <p class="imageCenter"><img width="491" height="302" src="/media_storage/JPG/marine_charging_power.jpg">--> Honda Marine: Honda BF250 Engine - Design Attributes <p><strong><em>1. Discuss the design of the new Honda Marine BF250 engine. How does the styling concept of the engine relate to enhanced performance?</em></strong></p> <p>The Honda Marine BF250 four-stroke engine is the newest and most powerful outboard to join the Honda Marine lineup and now becomes the company's flagship model. The design of the BF250 incorporates a number of advanced, technological innovations that contribute to the engine's high fuel economy and excellent performance.</p> <p>The all-new Honda BF250 engine incorporates the world's first <strong>marine direct air dual circuit induction system</strong> of its type on a production outboard. The first circuit draws air into the front and around critical engine components, and a top-mounted cooling fan draws cooling air over the alternator. The second circuit routes cool air from the upper intake vents, removes moisture, and then inducts it into the throttle body. This system provides for cooler, denser air for better combustion than conventional under-cowl induction systems.</p> The styling concept of the Honda BF250 is a departure from other Honda Marine outboards in that the aesthetic design is sleeker and slimmer. In addition, the cowling of the new BF250 exhibits a sharper, more angular profile over previously introduced models. The overall design is streamlined and more aerodynamic, with chrome lines conveying power and speed. <p><em>The marine direct air dual circuit induction system on the new Honda BF250 engine is discussed in greater detail in the Power & Performance section of this press kit. </em></p> <p><strong><em>2.</em></strong><strong><em> What other design attributes enhance the operation and performance of the new Honda BF250 engine?</em></strong></p> <p>The new Honda BF250 engine is <strong>NMEA 2000® certified</strong>. NMEA 2000 is a combined electrical and data specification for a marine data network for communication between marine electronic devices such as depth finders, nautical chart plotters, navigation instruments, engines, tank level sensors and GPS receivers. Parameters of this certification are defined and controlled by the U.S.-based National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). This accreditation signifies that a product has been tested to meet specific critical safety criteria and to correctly implement network management and messaging. In meeting this certification, the Honda BF250 does not require the added expense of proprietary gateway devices; the certification also correlates with enhanced safety as the new BF250 engine is equipped with engine oil pressure and overheat information alerts. </p> <p>The design of the Honda BF250 incorporates a <strong>spark</strong> <strong>plug maintenance cover </strong>which assists in ease-of-maintenance of the spark plug. This window provides access to the spark plugs without removing the entire engine cover. The engine also includes a high-quality, cost-effective <strong>nickel spark plug </strong>that seals the combustion chamber.</p> <p>Because the <strong>BF250 engine mounts on industry-standard 26" centers</strong>, repowering twin BF250s is convenient. Having a 26" industry-standard engine mount is an advantage in several ways. In terms of repowering, older boats traditionally utilized the standard 26" distance, making it an easy fit to repower with Honda engines that utilize the same standard. By extension, having to modify a transom to accommodate a different distance is costly. Having ample room between the two outboards allows for easier access for maintenance, and this distance provides tighter turning capability.</p> <p>The technologically advanced <strong>Electronic Control Unit (ECU)</strong> in the Honda BF250 can predict the operator's shifting operation based on changes in engine speed and throttle position. In order to reduce the shifting load, the ECU actually controls the ignition timing to modify torque when the operator shifts from partial to neutral. The below diagram illustrates the benefit of this shifting load reduction control. </p> Honda Marine Thu, 13 Oct 2011 06:50:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/1d1fa000-42f5-44f7-81f6-f8c41de7067b http://hondanews.com/releases/1d1fa000-42f5-44f7-81f6-f8c41de7067b Honda BF250 Engine - Design Attributes <p><strong><em>1. Discuss the design of the new Honda Marine BF250 engine. How does the styling concept of the engine relate to enhanced performance?</em></strong></p> <p>The Honda Marine BF250 four-stroke engine is the newest and most powerful outboard to join the Honda Marine lineup and now becomes the company's flagship model. The design of the BF250 incorporates a number of advanced, technological innovations that contribute to the engine's high fuel economy and excellent performance.</p> <p>The all-new Honda BF250 engine incorporates the world's first <strong>marine direct air dual circuit induction system</strong> of its type on a production outboard. The first circuit draws air into the front and around critical engine components, and a top-mounted cooling fan draws cooling air over the alternator. The second circuit routes cool air from the upper intake vents, removes moisture, and then inducts it into the throttle body. This system provides for cooler, denser air for better combustion than conventional under-cowl induction systems.</p> The styling concept of the Honda BF250 is a departure from other Honda Marine outboards in that the aesthetic design is sleeker and slimmer. In addition, the cowling of the new BF250 exhibits a sharper, more angular profile over previously introduced models. The overall design is streamlined and more aerodynamic, with chrome lines conveying power and speed. <p><em>The marine direct air dual circuit induction system on the new Honda BF250 engine is discussed in greater detail in the Power & Performance section of this press kit. </em></p> <p><strong><em>2.</em></strong><strong><em> What other design attributes enhance the operation and performance of the new Honda BF250 engine?</em></strong></p> <p>The new Honda BF250 engine is <strong>NMEA 2000® certified</strong>. NMEA 2000 is a combined electrical and data specification for a marine data network for communication between marine electronic devices such as depth finders, nautical chart plotters, navigation instruments, engines, tank level sensors and GPS receivers. Parameters of this certification are defined and controlled by the U.S.-based National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). This accreditation signifies that a product has been tested to meet specific critical safety criteria and to correctly implement network management and messaging. In meeting this certification, the Honda BF250 does not require the added expense of proprietary gateway devices; the certification also correlates with enhanced safety as the new BF250 engine is equipped with engine oil pressure and overheat information alerts. </p> <p>The design of the Honda BF250 incorporates a <strong>spark</strong> <strong>plug maintenance cover </strong>which assists in ease-of-maintenance of the spark plug. This window provides access to the spark plugs without removing the entire engine cover. The engine also includes a high-quality, cost-effective <strong>nickel spark plug </strong>that seals the combustion chamber.</p> <p>Because the <strong>BF250 engine mounts on industry-standard 26" centers</strong>, repowering twin BF250s is convenient. Having a 26" industry-standard engine mount is an advantage in several ways. In terms of repowering, older boats traditionally utilized the standard 26" distance, making it an easy fit to repower with Honda engines that utilize the same standard. By extension, having to modify a transom to accommodate a different distance is costly. Having ample room between the two outboards allows for easier access for maintenance, and this distance provides tighter turning capability.</p> <p>The technologically advanced <strong>Electronic Control Unit (ECU)</strong> in the Honda BF250 can predict the operator's shifting operation based on changes in engine speed and throttle position. In order to reduce the shifting load, the ECU actually controls the ignition timing to modify torque when the operator shifts from partial to neutral. The below diagram illustrates the benefit of this shifting load reduction control. </p> Honda Marine: Honda BF250 Engine - Durability & Reliability <p><strong><em>Describe how the design of the Honda BF250 engine results in increased durability and reliability.</em></strong></p> <p>The increased durability and reliability of the Honda BF250 stems from a redesigned gear case and a low gear ratio; an optional large diameter (16") propeller also can further enhance performance. The gear wheel diameter of the new BF250 engine is 10 percent larger than the Honda BF225 engine. In addition, the gear wheel's tooth tip is 38 percent thicker and the face pressure is reduced by nine percent. All of these enhancements contribute to the model's higher power output. The gear wheel material of the BF250 also is more durable, resulting from the removal of impurities from the nickel-chrome-molybdenum steel. </p> <p>The gear case of the BF250 engine incorporates an advanced design that minimizes water resistance, and by extension, reduces the overall drag coefficient by five percent (without the use of a larger, optional propeller).</p> <p>An improved gear tooth machining process that strengthens the surface and ultimately reduces the misalignment of the gear teeth contributes to increased durability and reliability for the Honda BF250.</p> <p>The gear shaft construction of the new Honda BF250 is enhanced to incorporate a needle bearing support configuration for the forward-gear journal. This improved construction reduces tilting of the forward gear, thereby reducing the misalignment of the gears for higher power output.</p> Honda Marine Thu, 13 Oct 2011 06:49:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/3b7b8f00-1c09-42bb-9092-46df0b77f44e http://hondanews.com/releases/3b7b8f00-1c09-42bb-9092-46df0b77f44e Honda BF250 Engine - Durability & Reliability <p><strong><em>Describe how the design of the Honda BF250 engine results in increased durability and reliability.</em></strong></p> <p>The increased durability and reliability of the Honda BF250 stems from a redesigned gear case and a low gear ratio; an optional large diameter (16") propeller also can further enhance performance. The gear wheel diameter of the new BF250 engine is 10 percent larger than the Honda BF225 engine. In addition, the gear wheel's tooth tip is 38 percent thicker and the face pressure is reduced by nine percent. All of these enhancements contribute to the model's higher power output. The gear wheel material of the BF250 also is more durable, resulting from the removal of impurities from the nickel-chrome-molybdenum steel. </p> <p>The gear case of the BF250 engine incorporates an advanced design that minimizes water resistance, and by extension, reduces the overall drag coefficient by five percent (without the use of a larger, optional propeller).</p> <p>An improved gear tooth machining process that strengthens the surface and ultimately reduces the misalignment of the gear teeth contributes to increased durability and reliability for the Honda BF250.</p> <p>The gear shaft construction of the new Honda BF250 is enhanced to incorporate a needle bearing support configuration for the forward-gear journal. This improved construction reduces tilting of the forward gear, thereby reducing the misalignment of the gears for higher power output.</p> Honda Marine: Honda BF250 Engine - Environmental Performance <p><strong><em>The new Honda Marine BF250 outboard engine boasts the best fuel economy level in its class. </em></strong><strong><em>Discuss how second generation lean burn control contributes to increased fuel efficiency. </em></strong></p> <p><strong>Lean Burn Control</strong> (incorporated in Honda marine engine models <em>BF40, BF50, BF60, BF75, BF90, BF135, BF150, BF200, BF225, and BF250) </em>automatically adjusts the air/fuel mix according to speed and load while maximizing power throughout the acceleration range - providing as much as 20 percent greater fuel economy in cruise mode (2,000 to 4,500 rpm). Concerning the new BF250 engine, this feature has been enhanced to improve fuel efficiency even further in specific cruising ranges, resulting in best-in-class fuel economy - 16 -30 percent better than competitive models, depending on specific running conditions. As the below diagram depicts, the lean burn control system accurately measures and monitors the fuel delivered to the engine's combustion chamber (under various loads and throughout the power band) and determines what the optimal air/fuel ratio should be for best fuel economy. Further, to burn the exact amount of one gallon of gasoline, approximately 14.7 gallons of air is required. The air/fuel ratio control is performed by the Electronic Control Unit (ECU), based on the feedback from the O2 sensor, allowing more accurate control in the lean-burn range. </p> Honda Marine Thu, 13 Oct 2011 06:48:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/bca46711-62a1-491b-b896-3dca98793dab http://hondanews.com/releases/bca46711-62a1-491b-b896-3dca98793dab Honda BF250 Engine - Environmental Performance <p><strong><em>The new Honda Marine BF250 outboard engine boasts the best fuel economy level in its class. </em></strong><strong><em>Discuss how second generation lean burn control contributes to increased fuel efficiency. </em></strong></p> <p><strong>Lean Burn Control</strong> (incorporated in Honda marine engine models <em>BF40, BF50, BF60, BF75, BF90, BF135, BF150, BF200, BF225, and BF250) </em>automatically adjusts the air/fuel mix according to speed and load while maximizing power throughout the acceleration range - providing as much as 20 percent greater fuel economy in cruise mode (2,000 to 4,500 rpm). Concerning the new BF250 engine, this feature has been enhanced to improve fuel efficiency even further in specific cruising ranges, resulting in best-in-class fuel economy - 16 -30 percent better than competitive models, depending on specific running conditions. As the below diagram depicts, the lean burn control system accurately measures and monitors the fuel delivered to the engine's combustion chamber (under various loads and throughout the power band) and determines what the optimal air/fuel ratio should be for best fuel economy. Further, to burn the exact amount of one gallon of gasoline, approximately 14.7 gallons of air is required. The air/fuel ratio control is performed by the Electronic Control Unit (ECU), based on the feedback from the O2 sensor, allowing more accurate control in the lean-burn range. </p> Honda Marine: Honda BF250 Engine - General Overview <p><strong><em>Discuss the significance of the launch of the new Honda Marine BF250 outboard engine. </em></strong></p> <p>Honda Marine introduces the all-new BF250 horsepower (hp) four-stroke engine, the most powerful outboard to join the Honda Marine lineup - and now the company's flagship model. The design of the BF250 incorporates a number of advanced technological innovations that contribute to the engine's high fuel economy and superior performance. The 3.6 liter VTEC<strong>®</strong> (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control<strong>®</strong>)<strong> </strong>engine is equipped with an all-new gear case, incorporates the world's first marine direct air dual circuit induction system of its type on a production outboard (providing for cooler, denser air for better combustion than conventional under-cowl induction systems), and has a full-throttle RPM range of 5300-6300.</p> <p>Collectively, the features and benefits of the new BF250 are best dissected and understood via a discussion around the following categories: environmental performance; durability and reliability; power performance; design; and charging performance. There are a number of additional attributes that add to the engine's superior quality (see below illustration). All of these elements are detailed in the tabs of this press kit. </p> Honda Marine Thu, 13 Oct 2011 06:47:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/28c3708b-cb9f-46e6-9f34-624630cf9e48 http://hondanews.com/releases/28c3708b-cb9f-46e6-9f34-624630cf9e48 Honda BF250 Engine - General Overview <p><strong><em>Discuss the significance of the launch of the new Honda Marine BF250 outboard engine. </em></strong></p> <p>Honda Marine introduces the all-new BF250 horsepower (hp) four-stroke engine, the most powerful outboard to join the Honda Marine lineup - and now the company's flagship model. The design of the BF250 incorporates a number of advanced technological innovations that contribute to the engine's high fuel economy and superior performance. The 3.6 liter VTEC<strong>®</strong> (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control<strong>®</strong>)<strong> </strong>engine is equipped with an all-new gear case, incorporates the world's first marine direct air dual circuit induction system of its type on a production outboard (providing for cooler, denser air for better combustion than conventional under-cowl induction systems), and has a full-throttle RPM range of 5300-6300.</p> <p>Collectively, the features and benefits of the new BF250 are best dissected and understood via a discussion around the following categories: environmental performance; durability and reliability; power performance; design; and charging performance. There are a number of additional attributes that add to the engine's superior quality (see below illustration). All of these elements are detailed in the tabs of this press kit. </p> Honda Marine: Honda BF250 Engine - Power & Performance <p><strong><em>Discuss the features and advantages incorporated into the new Honda BF250 that enhance overall power and performance. </em></strong></p> The superior performance, power, and reliability of the new Honda Marine BF250 engine are the result of several exclusive technological features. The Honda BF250 is a high-performance 3.6 L VTEC® (see below discussion) engine that incorporates technological advancements from both Honda's automotive and marine outboard engine lines. For example, when designing the BF250, Honda engineers increased the stroke of the existing Honda Odyssey car engine - expanding its displacement to 3.6 L. The result is a new outboard model with excellent performance, improved fuel economy, more power, and increased reliability. <p>Integrated into the BF250 design is Honda's <strong>Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control® (VTEC®)</strong>. First debuted in the high-performance Acura NSX sports car, VTEC® technology also is featured in the designs of the Honda Marine BF225, BF150 and BF90 engines, providing all of these models with a unique blend of power, torque, and efficiency at any speed. VTEC® works to vary the lift and duration of the intake valve opening to deliver optimal performance at both low and high rpm, resulting in peak performance at all speeds. The technology provides a broad, flat torque curve and smooth power delivery throughout the engine's entire operating range, allowing the operator to enjoy both outstanding performance and impressive fuel economy.</p> <p>The Honda BF250 engine incorporates<strong> </strong>the <strong>Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST™) System </strong>which dramatically improves holeshot acceleration by advancing ignition spark timing to within one degree of the knock limit during 'hammer down' acceleration. The Engine Control Module (ECM) then steps in to increase injector timing, creating a more potent air/fuel mixture. The resulting boost in available torque at low rpm contributes to a strong holeshot (off the line acceleration) to get the boat up on plane quickly. The ignition spark timing is appropriately adjusted under slower throttle advancement, ensuring a leaner air/fuel mix and improved fuel efficiency. </p> <p>The BF250 engine incorporates the world's first <strong>marine</strong> <strong>direct air dual circuit induction system </strong>of its<strong> </strong>type on a production outboard. The first circuit draws air into the front and around critical engine components, and a top-mounted cooling fan draws cooling air over the alternator. The second circuit routes cool air from the upper intake vents, removes moisture, and then inducts it into the throttle body. This system provides for cooler, denser air for better combustion than conventional under-cowl induction systems.</p> <p>The design of the variable air intake system on the Honda BF250 also includes a <strong>large air-intake silencer </strong>that reduces noise. The silencing effect results from a chamber being added to the intake passage - causing sound waves to interfere with one another - creating a side branch effect that quiets noise. </p> Honda Marine Thu, 13 Oct 2011 06:46:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/e4a2a6d4-a273-47a8-8b86-982536dc80f3 http://hondanews.com/releases/e4a2a6d4-a273-47a8-8b86-982536dc80f3 Honda BF250 Engine - Power & Performance <p><strong><em>Discuss the features and advantages incorporated into the new Honda BF250 that enhance overall power and performance. </em></strong></p> The superior performance, power, and reliability of the new Honda Marine BF250 engine are the result of several exclusive technological features. The Honda BF250 is a high-performance 3.6 L VTEC® (see below discussion) engine that incorporates technological advancements from both Honda's automotive and marine outboard engine lines. For example, when designing the BF250, Honda engineers increased the stroke of the existing Honda Odyssey car engine - expanding its displacement to 3.6 L. The result is a new outboard model with excellent performance, improved fuel economy, more power, and increased reliability. <p>Integrated into the BF250 design is Honda's <strong>Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control® (VTEC®)</strong>. First debuted in the high-performance Acura NSX sports car, VTEC® technology also is featured in the designs of the Honda Marine BF225, BF150 and BF90 engines, providing all of these models with a unique blend of power, torque, and efficiency at any speed. VTEC® works to vary the lift and duration of the intake valve opening to deliver optimal performance at both low and high rpm, resulting in peak performance at all speeds. The technology provides a broad, flat torque curve and smooth power delivery throughout the engine's entire operating range, allowing the operator to enjoy both outstanding performance and impressive fuel economy.</p> <p>The Honda BF250 engine incorporates<strong> </strong>the <strong>Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST™) System </strong>which dramatically improves holeshot acceleration by advancing ignition spark timing to within one degree of the knock limit during 'hammer down' acceleration. The Engine Control Module (ECM) then steps in to increase injector timing, creating a more potent air/fuel mixture. The resulting boost in available torque at low rpm contributes to a strong holeshot (off the line acceleration) to get the boat up on plane quickly. The ignition spark timing is appropriately adjusted under slower throttle advancement, ensuring a leaner air/fuel mix and improved fuel efficiency. </p> <p>The BF250 engine incorporates the world's first <strong>marine</strong> <strong>direct air dual circuit induction system </strong>of its<strong> </strong>type on a production outboard. The first circuit draws air into the front and around critical engine components, and a top-mounted cooling fan draws cooling air over the alternator. The second circuit routes cool air from the upper intake vents, removes moisture, and then inducts it into the throttle body. This system provides for cooler, denser air for better combustion than conventional under-cowl induction systems.</p> <p>The design of the variable air intake system on the Honda BF250 also includes a <strong>large air-intake silencer </strong>that reduces noise. The silencing effect results from a chamber being added to the intake passage - causing sound waves to interfere with one another - creating a side branch effect that quiets noise. </p> Honda Marine: Honda BF250 Action Shot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4347/6a64/43476a64-235b-402b-bef1-4f3f75551b63-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda BF250 Action Shot Honda Marine Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:51:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-bf250-action-shot-49 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-bf250-action-shot-49 Honda BF250 Action Shot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4347/6a64/43476a64-235b-402b-bef1-4f3f75551b63-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda BF250 Action Shot Honda Marine: Honda BF250 Action Shot <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/d2ec/ce03/d2ecce03-c706-46ca-91a1-1030fb0e8b67-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda BF250 Action Shot Honda Marine Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:50:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-bf250-action-shot-48 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