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January 23, 2007

Alcoa Forged Specialty Wheels Launches Pro Series and Adventure Series Wheel Lines at Off-Road Impact

CLEVELAND--Alcoa Forged Specialty Wheels, a Cleveland-based business unit of Alcoa Inc., today announced the expansion of their off-road light truck product line to include the new Pro Series and Adventure Series wheel lines to their existing product catalog of Classics.

Pro Series and Adventure Series offer exciting new wheel designs to the Alcoa product portfolio of wheels forged from one piece of 6061-T6 aluminum. Both Pro Series and Adventure Series are now available for most ½-ton trucks, full size SUVs and Jeeps. Each wheel has been designed, engineered and manufactured to optimize strength, durability and design while lowering wheel weight.

Each style is available in seventeen-inch and twenty-inch sizes with polished clearcoat and chrome finish options. Polished clearcoat is a surface coating that reduces maintenance and increases durability for a lasting surface. Chrome also eases maintenance and provides a premium appearance.

“Pro Series is an exciting new wheel line for Alcoa that reflects an aggressive, competition-influenced appearance while offering unmatched strength and durability for on-road and off-road use,” said Brandon Stotsenburg, Marketing Director, Alcoa Forged Specialty Wheels.

Alcoa product development and engineering teams worked closely with Ivan “Ironman” Stewart on the design, development and testing of Pro Series wheels.

“Adventure Series was designed with a contemporary, split-spoke style designed to complement the appearance of today’s most popular vehicles. Yet Adventure Series demonstrates all of the strength, durability and light weight benefits only found in Alcoa one piece forged alloy wheels,” stated Stotsenburg.

Five and six-spoke design options for Pro Series and Adventure Series are available based on the lug pattern of the OEM vehicle application. Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep fitments reflect a 5-spoke and 5-lug pattern while Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Lincoln, Nissan and Toyota fitments reflect a 6-spoke and 6-lug pattern.

Alcoa is also supporting the launch of Pro Series and Adventure Series with an integrated marketing and vendor support program including a targeted consumer and trade advertising and communication plan.

Designed, engineered and tested for on-road and off-road use, each Pro Series and Adventure Series wheel delivers as a kit and comes with an Alcoa center cap, lugs and lug key along with a lifetime limited structural warranty on the wheel. A three year warranty will be offered on the chrome finish. See www.alcoawheels.com for full warranty details.

About Alcoa Wheel Products

Alcoa Wheel Products is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and employs more than 3,000 associates in seven locations globally. The Alcoa business unit manufactures cast and forged aluminum wheels for the heavy truck, automotive, and motorcycle industries.

About Alcoa

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) 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® foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa® wheels, and Baco® household wraps. Among its other businesses are closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 129,000 employees in 43 countries and has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.