General Motors Co. said Wednesday that it will donate to the SAE Foundation the first production model of the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport, including a performance driving school package.
Mary Barra, GM's head of global product development, announced the donation during a dinner in Warren in which she received the SAE Foundation's 2013 Industry Leadership Award. She's the first woman to win the award in its 25-year history.
The CTS Vsport equipped with GM's first twin-turbo V-6 engine and an eight-speed transmission will be auctioned off live by Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. later this year. Proceeds will go to the SAE Foundation for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) student 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," Barra said in a statement. "At a recent SAE 'A World in Motion' third-grade skimmer project, I was especially gratified to see students having so much fun applying key principles of math and science. So it is fitting to support SAE's programs by donating a vehicle that embodies what is possible when ingenuity meets engineering excellence."
The GM Foundation financially supports the SAE Foundation's STEM programs and the Detroit-based automaker provides 1,500 mentors and volunteers to help students.