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December 20, 2004

Alcoa Wheels Drive New Ford Designs

CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 20, 2004--Ford Motor Company will now offer a new line of 20-inch Alcoa (NYSE:AA) wheels as Genuine Ford Accessories for Super Duty trucks.

Referred to as Super Duty Dubs, customers may now choose from five styles of the strong, hot-forged aluminum wheels - from a flared 6-spoke to a wide 5-spoke design. Each is engineered to meet Ford specifications for durability and vehicle dynamics standards. These wheels are now included as a Genuine Ford Accessory by the U.S. automaker.

Ford introduced these Alcoa Forged branded Super Duty Dubs in November at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer's Association show in Las Vegas.

"Alcoa 20-inch wheels match Ford super duty strength," says Kevin Kramer, President of Alcoa Wheel Products. "Each Alcoa wheel is hot-forged and fully machined from a single aluminum billet, allowing maximum payload and uncompromised towing rating."

About Alcoa Wheel Products

Alcoa Wheel Products is the leading manufacturer of aluminum wheels and accessories for commercial vehicle, truck, motorcycle and automotive markets worldwide. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Alcoa Wheel Products employs approximately 1500 people worldwide and is a division of Alcoa Inc.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 120,000 employees in 43 countries and has been a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average for 45 years and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2001. More information can be found at