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September 4, 2008

Alcoa Launches Three New Wheel Lines for Full Size Trucks

Includes Introduction of Dura-Bright® Technology to the Aftermarket

CLEVELAND--Alcoa Automotive Wheels, a Cleveland, Ohio-based business of Alcoa (NYSE:AA), today announced the expansion of their aftermarket catalog to include three new wheel lines for full size trucks.

Alcoa, a leading supplier of wheels to the commercial vehicle, heavy truck, light truck and passenger car markets since inventing the forged aluminum wheel in 1948, now offers Discovery Series, Revolver Series and Xtreme Series for current and late model full size trucks, including Chevrolet and GMC 2500/3500, Dodge 2500/3500 and Ford F-250/350.

Each wheel is offered in 20x9, 8-lug fitments with a Dura-Bright® technology surface option. Offered for the first time in the aftermarket, Dura-Bright® technology is a patented wheel surface treatment that continually resists brake dust, dirt and road grime allowing drivers to maintain their wheels with minimal maintenance.

“Dura-Bright® technology has been recognized for its ease of maintenance benefits in the commercial vehicle and heavy truck segments for many years and more recently with leading Global automotive OEMs. We are now able to offer this patented innovation for the first time directly to owners of full size trucks,” stated Steve Carlson, Director-Global Marketing, Alcoa Automotive Wheels.

Discovery Series features a rounded spoke design to compliment the appearance of full size trucks used to tow recreational vehicles, including large boats and RVs. Revolver Series, with a split-spoke design, was developed for full size truck owners who are looking for a forged aluminum wheel to compliment the other appearance upgrades on their trucks. Xtreme Series is ideal for full size truck owners looking for an aggressive wheel appearance for rugged use. All three wheels feature a deep lip to further accentuate the strong machine detailing on each wheel.

Designed, engineered and tested for full size trucks, Discovery Series, Revolver Series and Xtreme Series wheels are forged from one piece of 6061-T6 aluminum for increased durability and strength while reducing overall wheel weight for better suspension response and greater fuel economy.

Each wheel delivers as a kit supplied with an Alcoa center cap and matching lug nuts. Alcoa offers a lifetime limited structural warranty on each wheel. A three year warranty is provided on the chrome finish. Dura-Bright® technology surface treatment also carries a three year warranty.

All Alcoa aftermarket wheels are made in the USA and available through Alcoa approved wheel retailers and select auto dealers nationwide. Visit for further details.

About Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products

Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, serves the commercial vehicle, automotive, and defense markets with products used in a range of applications including cast and forged aluminum wheels, aluminum space frames, specialized vacuum die cast products, niche products such as Dura-Bright® and Dura-Flange® wheels and M-Series™ medium truck wheels, as well as a variety of other aluminum components for these markets. AWTP is composed of three divisions: Transportation Products, Commercial Vehicle Wheels, and Automotive Wheels. It employs 2,800 people at 30 locations worldwide.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world leader in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined through its active and growing participation 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 including flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, structures and building systems. The Company has 97,000 employees in 34 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