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April 17, 2007

Alcoa Wheel Products Expands Wide Base Wheel Options

New 15-Inch Wheel Designed For Transit Applications

CLEVELAND--Alcoa Wheel Products announces its wide base wheel selection has expanded to include a 22.5” x 15” option. The new wheel, part number 856520, has been designed to replace dual wheels on transit applications.

The benefits of the new 15-inch wheel are comparable to Alcoa Wheel Products’ 14-inch wheels for heavy duty applications. The new 15-inch wheel weighs 71 pounds and carries a 13,500-pound maximum load rating. The new wheels will be available in June 2007.

Switching from aluminum duals to the Alcoa 15-inch wheel, 856520 and tire assembly, saves 150 pounds in weight per axle; additional fuel savings can be realized from the reduced rolling resistance associated with single wide tires. Significant weight savings can even result from replacing aluminum dualed wheels with the wide base wheel and tire combination.

“Alcoa Wheel Products’ latest innovation satisfies the need for fuel savings in the transit market,” said Victor Marquez, Alcoa Wheel Products’ director of marketing, commercial vehicle wheels, Americas. “The new 15-inch wheel maintains all the benefits of our heavy duty super single wheels —we are thrilled to offer these same advantages to another market.”

As always, you get all the same advantages and value of Alcoa forged aluminum wheels in the new 15-inch wheels including:
  • Less weight for greater fuel efficiency and/or increased payload.
  • Better heat dissipation for extended tire and brake life
  • One-piece, forged in-strength that is 4.5 times stronger than steel
  • The widest selection of wheels and wheel accessories in the industry

For more information on new 15-inch wheels or Alcoa Wheel Products, please call 1-800-242-9898.

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 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 123,000 employees in 44 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