Updated Nov. 4, 2022
Honda has confirmed they will continue producing lawnmowers at their facility in France.
A recent report from UK-based publication Service Dealer published the following response from Honda UK when asked about Rural Lifestyle Dealer's coverage of the manufacturer's North Carolina facility ceasing lawnmower production.
The spokesperson told Service Dealer:
There is an article circulating that a production facility in North Carolina in the US plans to discontinue production of petrol lawn mowers from September 2023. The decision was driven by stricter environmental regulations and changing customer preferences.
As reassurance within Europe, Honda Motor Europe produce petrol lawn mowers at our Honda France manufacturing facility and are committed to produce the entire line up.
Original coverage published Oct. 19:
According to an Oct. 3 announcement posted to the Honda dealer Interactive Network, Honda will end its lawn mower production by September 2023 and left over inventory will be offered in 2024 until it is sold out.
The statement from Honda Power Sports & Products said the company plans to discontinue production of lawn mowers at its North Carolina manufacturing facility in September 2023 and move all-terrain vehicle production there from its South Carolina facility. The South Carolina facility will "solely focus on Honda side-by-side production."
"The decision to end lawn mower production is driven by market forces such as stricter environmental regulations, shifting customer preferences, and our focus on growing profitable products in our portfolio," the statement said. "Honda will continue to sell the remainder of its lawn and garden product line and industrial type power products such as GX engines, generators and water pumps, and continue to supports its service and parts operations in the U.S. market."
Two dealers Rural Lifestyle Dealer spoke with stated they had confirmed with their Honda representatives that the company is exiting the lawn mower market.
Rural Lifestyle Dealer reached out to Honda Power Equipment for a statement but did not hear back.