Charter of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors


The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Superior Industries International, Inc., (“Superior” or “the Company”) previously established an Audit Committee. This Restated Charter of the Audit Committee (the “Charter”) restates the authority, responsibilities and specific duties of the Company’s Audit Committee (the “Committee”). This Charter is to be reviewed annually, and if appropriate, the Committee shall recommend any proposed amendments to the Board for approval.

The purpose of the Committee shall be to (A) assist Board oversight of: the integrity of the Company’s financial statements; the Company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements; the independent auditor’s qualifications and independence; and the performance of the Company’s internal audit function and independent auditors, and (B) prepare a report of the Committee for inclusion in the Company’s annual proxy statement to shareholders.

Primary responsibility for Superior’s financial reporting and internal controls is vested in the Company’s executives and management (“Management”). In performing its designated functions, described herein, the Committee shall not assume or diminish Management’s responsibility for the content of the Company’s financial statements or for other financial information disseminated by the Company.


A. Composition

The Committee shall be composed of three or more directors designated by the Board. Whenever possible, the terms of the members of the Committee should be staggered to enhance the continuity of the Committee. Each member of the Committee shall be independent. To be independent, members of the Committee must meet the following criteria:

* Committee members are barred from directly or indirectly accepting any consulting, advisory, or other compensatory fee from the Company or any of its subsidiaries, other than in the member’s capacity as a member of the board of directors and any board committee;

* Committee members may not be “affiliated persons” (as defined by applicable regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) of the Company or any of its subsidiaries, apart from his or her capacity as a member of the board of directors or any board committee; and

* Committee members must meet the applicable independence requirements of the New York Stock Exchange.

Each member of the Committee must be financially literate, as such qualification is interpreted by the Board in its business judgement, or must become financially literate within a reasonable period of time after appointment to the Committee. At least one member of the Committee is to have accounting or related financial management expertise, as determined by the Board in its business judgment. Committee members’ backgrounds should enable them to evaluate the information provided to them and ask relevant questions, when appropriate, to facilitate their understanding of such information. Each year, the Company shall disclose in its annual report whether or not at least one member of the Audit Committee is an “audit committee financial expert,” as defined by SEC regulations.

B. Access and Resources

The Committee is to have unrestricted access to Superior’s personnel and records and to the Company’s external auditors, shall have authority to retain independent counsel and other advisers, and is to be given or have available to it the resources necessary to discharge its responsibilities, including sufficient funding to compensate any registered public accounting firm engaged in audit activities, any advisers employed by the Committee and to cover ordinary administrative expenses that are necessary or appropriate in carrying out its duties.

C. Meetings

The Committee is to meet on a regular basis, at least quarterly, and may call additional meetings as required. Further, the Committee, at least once during the year, shall hold separate executive sessions individually with Management, the internal auditors and the external auditors. A quorum of the Committee shall consist of a simple majority.

D. Minutes

Minutes of each meeting are to be prepared and given to Committee members. A permanent file of approved minutes is to be maintained by the individual designated as secretary for the Committee.

E. Reporting to the Board

At least quarterly, the Committee shall report to the Board regarding its activities. The Committee shall conduct and present to the Board an annual performance evaluation of the Committee. The Committee shall also review at least annually the adequacy of this Charter and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.

F. Indemnification

Each Committee member shall be indemnified by the Company to the maximum extent permitted by California law, the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation, By-laws and resolutions of the Company’s Board.

G. Compensation and Expense Reimbursement

The Committee shall be compensated for meeting attendance at a rate determined by the Board. Travel and other out-of-pocket expenses incurred by Committee members in connection with such meetings, shall be documented and reimbursed by Superior in accordance with the Company’s expense reimbursement policies.


A. Selection of External Auditors; Review Independence

The Audit Committee is responsible for the appointment, compensation, retention, oversight, and termination of the registered public accounting firm (including resolution of disagreements between Management and the auditor regarding financial reporting) engaged to prepare or issue an audit report or other audit, review or attestation services. The auditor will report directly to the Audit Committee in accordance with New York Stock Exchange listing standards.

Prior to completion of each annual audit, the Committee shall obtain a formal written statement from the external auditors that describes all relationships between the external auditors and the Company. The Committee is responsible for engaging in an active dialogue with the external auditors concerning any relationships or services disclosed in the statement that may impact the objectivity or independence of the outside auditors and for recommending that the Board take appropriate action in response to the external auditors’ statement necessary to satisfy the Board of the external auditors’ independence.

The Committee shall obtain and review at least annually a formal written report from the external auditor describing its internal quality-control procedures, any material issues raised by the most recent internal quality-control review, or peer review, of the firm or by any inquiry or investigation by governmental or professional authorities, within the preceding five years, respecting one or more independent audits carried out by the firm, and any steps taken to deal with any such issues.

The Committee shall pre-approve all audit services and, subject to the de minimus exception provided under Section 202 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, all non-audit services by the Company’s auditors and shall not engage the Company’s external auditors to perform non-audit services proscribed by law or regulation. The Committee may delegate to any of its members the authority to grant pre-approvals, provided that any such pre-approval shall be presented to the full Committee at the next scheduled meeting. All approvals by the Committee for allowed non-audit services to be performed by the outside auditors shall be disclosed in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the SEC in accordance with related securities laws and regulations.

The Committee shall be responsible for review of the report of Management on the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting made in accordance with SEC regulations.

B. Review Annual Audit Plan

The Committee is to discuss with the Company’s external auditors the overall approach to, and scope of, the audit examination with particular attention focused on those areas where any of the Committee, the Board, Management or the external auditors believe special emphasis is desirable or necessary. This review is to include a discussion of the effect of significant changes in accounting principles, auditing standards and SEC reporting requirements on the scope of the audit.

C. Review Results of the Annual Audit

The Committee is to review the results of the annual audit. The Committee is to discuss the annual report on Form 10-K and other financial reports prepared by Management (including the Company’s disclosures under “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”) filed with the SEC, the New York Stock Exchange or sent to stockholders, and the results of the audit with the Company’s external auditors and Management, including the review of any audit problems or difficulties encountered by the external auditor and Management’s response.

The Company’s external auditors shall communicate with the Committee as to the critical policies and practices of the Company, all alternative treatments of financial information within generally accepted accounting principles that have been discussed with Management, and all other material written communications between the Company’s external auditors and Management.

The Committee shall review Management’s disclosure as to the effectiveness of disclosure controls and procedures, all significant deficiencies in the design or operation of the internal controls, and any fraud, whether material or not, involving Management or other employees who have a significant role in internal controls.

D. Review of Recommendations for Improvements

The Committee is to discuss with the external auditors their perception of strengths and weaknesses in the system of internal controls including the external auditors’ recommendations for improvements and proposed timetable for implementation.

E. Quarterly Reviews and Discussions

Prior to filing with the SEC, the Committee shall review interim financial statements that have been reviewed by the Company’s external auditors, and discuss with Management and the external auditors the interim financial information included in the Company’s Form 10-Q.

The Committee shall review Management’s disclosure as to the effectiveness of disclosure controls and procedures, all significant deficiencies in the design or operation of the internal controls, and any fraud, whether material or not, involving Management or other employees who have a significant role in internal controls.

F. Release of Material Financial Information

Prior to the public release of material financial information, the Committee shall discuss directly with the external auditors the results of their examination. Although not necessarily in advance, the Committee shall in a general manner discuss earnings press releases, as well as the types of financial information and earnings guidance that are given to analysts and rating agencies.

G. Review Second Opinion Issues

The Committee is to be notified by Management whenever a second opinion is sought from an independent public accountant.

H. Review Management Representation Letters

The Committee is to periodically review Management representation letters given to the external auditors and may inquire of (i) Management as to any difficulties encountered in preparing the letter; and (ii) the external auditors as to any difficulties encountered in obtaining the letter.


A. Related Party and Major Transactions

The Committee is to review material transactions, contracts and other agreements and their effects on the financial statements. In addition, Management is to inform the Committee of all related party transactions, including relationships and dollar volume (if applicable).

B. Status of Income and Other Tax Reserves and Significant Disputes with Taxing Authorities

The Corporate Secretary and Treasurer or the Chief Financial Officer are to report to the Committee on the status of all income and other tax reserves and deferrals and will update the Committee about new or ongoing disputes with taxing authorities.

C. Other Significant Reserves

The Committee is to inquire of Management as to the existence of and reasons for any other significant accounting accruals, reserves or estimates that have or may have a material impact on the financial statements.

D. Accounting Policies and Policy Decisions

The Committee is to review any significant new accounting policies and policy decisions and other significant reporting issues, such as significant changes in accounting estimates made by Management and shall be informed of the reasons for such policies and interpretations.


A. Personnel Decisions

The Committee is to review in advance, all personnel decisions regarding the Audit Services Department including, but not limited to, hiring, termination and compensation arrangements.

The Committee shall set clear hiring policies for employees or former employees of the independent auditors that meet SEC regulations and New York Stock Exchange listing standards.

B. Audit Services Functions

The Committee is to periodically review the functions and goals of the Audit Services Department and may review its findings with Management. Possible topics include:

* proposed audit programs and their relationships to the external audit;

* proposed scope of any special projects or investigations;

* reports generated by the Audit Services Department, particularly as they relate to the system of internal controls, including perceived strengths and weaknesses, recommendations for improvement and proposed timetable for implementation. Where appropriate, these reviews may include members of Management so that the Committee can better assess the quality of the reports and recommendations prepared by Audit Services; and

* at least annually, the Committee is to review and if appropriate, approve the general goals set forth by the Audit Services Department for the coming year. This review is also to encompass the anticipated schedule of audits for the upcoming year.


A. Review of Regulatory Reports

The Committee is to review with Management all significant reports sent to regulatory agencies, including all SEC reports.

B. Receipt of Complaints

The Committee shall establish procedures for (1) the receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints received by the Company regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, or auditing matters, and (2) the confidential, anonymous submission by employees of the Company of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters.

C. Notification of Management Fraud or Other Serious Breakdowns in Internal Control

The Committee is to be informed immediately by Management or the Audit Services Department, as appropriate, of any perceived, alleged or proven Management fraud or other serious breakdowns in internal control. Upon being informed by Management or the Audit Services Department of such a situation, the Committee shall:

* inform the Board; and

* oversee and approve Management's response to the situation.

D. Report of Audit Committee

The Committee is to prepare the Committee report to be included in the Company’s annual proxy statement in accordance with SEC regulations.

E. Risk Assessment

The Committee shall review and discuss periodically the Company’s policies with respect to risk assessment and risk management, including discussing the Company’s major financial risk exposures and the steps Management has taken or implemented to monitor and control such risks.

F. New York Stock Exchange Information

The Committee is to review and if appropriate, approve the annual written affirmation to be provided to the New York Stock Exchange, including the following matters:

* any determination of the Board regarding the independence of members of the Committee pursuant to the standards set forth in this Charter;

* the assessment of the adequacy of this Charter; and

* any other matter required by New York Stock Exchange listing standards.

Rev. December 9, 2005