The first GCV engines were introduced in the European market in 1997. For over 20 years now, they are being successfully sold to power ‘premium’ lawnmowers and – mainly in the United States –pressure washers too.
Although the GCV engines have been developed technically over those two decades and are still valued by the market, Honda has decided to offer a complete new line-up of gasoline engines to power applications that require an engine with vertically-oriented crankshaft (i.e. lawnmowers).
Statistics show that the market for ‘consumer’ (vertical shaft) gasoline engines is quite vast and notwithstanding the upcoming trend of electrification is still amounting to around 10 million units globally. On the other hand, future emission regulations as well as customer expectations are becoming more stringent. With the new line-up of engines, Honda wants to increase its global market share by meeting both customer expectations and the challenge of complying with future emission regulations.
Although fully re designed, the engines will stay in the “GCV” category in order to maintain continuity, but the name will be GCVx. The “X” stands for “next” generation of vertical-shaft Honda engines …
GCVx stands for a “Brand-New”, “State-of-the-Art” “Engine line-up”. Its new design
incorporates the latest ‘Honda Technology Features’ in order to meet and satisfy today’s and future market requirements for gasoline-powered ‘domestic’ L&G applications.
Innovative Styling …
The uniquely designed Honda standard engine cover has no cooling holes, thus creating a large enough surface to apply ‘customer specific labels’. The engine design also gives OEMs the option of applying their own top cover for easy differentiation