Mary Barra, General Motors senior vice president, Global Product Development, announced that GM will donate the first production 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport with performance driving school package to the SAE Foundation. Barra was honored this week with the Society of Automotive Engineering Foundation’s 2013 Industry Leadership Award, making her the first woman recipient in the 25-year history of the award.
The new CTS Vsport is built on a version of the excellent Cadillac ATS, and will be the first Cadillac model to offer an eight-speed automatic transmission. It will also be equipped with a twin-turbo V-6 engine. Barrett-Jackson will conduct a live auction later this year, where all proceeds will go to the SAE Foundation for its student outreach programs.
“The SAE Foundation’s STEM educational programs are vital to ensuring we ignite the passion for math and science in young students who will be the future leaders of the automobile industry. So it is fitting to support SAE’s programs by donating a vehicle that embodies what is possible when ingenuity meets engineering excellence,” commented Barra.
GM has been a long-standing sponsor of the SAE Foundation’s STEM programs, providing both financial support and over 1,500 mentors and volunteers to help nearly 85,000 students participating in the World in Motion K-12 programs.