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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

First Look for Charity
Friday, February 07, 2020

Since its inception in 1992, the Chicago Auto Show's benevolent event has raised nearly $50 million for numerous Chicago area charities and the causes...

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Chicago Automobile Trade AssociationHistory of the CATA

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is on of the nation's oldest and largest metropolitan new-car dealer associations. Today, it lists 400+ new-car dealers as members.

Mission of the CATA

For more than a century, the CATA has stood for high principles of business. Its basic tenets remain as steadfast today as they were a hundred years ago: Promoting honesty and dependability in business operations; Employing truth and accuracy in dealer advertising; Standing by guarantees; Improving business methods and ethics and keeping competition fair so that dealers and the public are well-served; and Refraining from practices detrimental to the industry or contrary to the public interest. Currently, CATA dealerships employ more than 20,000 people in Chicagoland. Over the past century, these locally based small businesses have provided good paying jobs for their employees, who, in turn, contribute to their communities. The CATA’s commitment to excellence in automotive retailing remains its core value and will remain so through the next century.

CAS_no-year-125-100Chicago Auto Show

First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition in the world. 2020 will mark the 112th edition of the show.
Since 1935, the CATA has had the honor of presenting the Chicago show. Over the years it has grown with the city moving from the Coliseum to the International Amphitheatre to the original McCormick Place and then to the current McCormick Place. Today, the show occupies two exhibition halls with more than 1 million square feet of exhibition space.
The CATA’s generosity and commitment to the community is shown not only at the Chicago Auto Show’s "First Look for Charity" where last year more than $2.6 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

October 04, 2019
NADA Professional Series coursework heading to CATA office
Training begins with an Oct. 8-9 class for parts managers, followed by Oct. 10-11 training for service managers. Later classes focus on office...

October 04, 2019
New federal rule widens overtime pay eligibility
Under the new rule, most salaried workers who earn less than about $35,500 a year will be eligible for time-and-a-half pay, up from the current...

October 04, 2019
Tax amnesty plan in Illinois
The state enacted two tax amnesty programs that will be available through Nov. 15, 2019. This is the first tax amnesty Illinois has offered since...

October 04, 2019
It's time to get our arms around the data quagmire
NADA President Peter Welch contends that the auto industry must find a way to securely and efficiently integrate data flows across all channels of the...

October 04, 2019
Demand for form of nickel used for car batteries outpacing supply
Global producers of electric cars have big ambitions and a bigger problem: Supplies of nickel sulfate, a key material, are running short.

October 04, 2019
Car2Go ending service in 5 markets, including Chicago
The carsharing service will end operations in Chicago on Dec. 31, 2019.

October 04, 2019
Congratulations! (October 2019)
D'Arcy Buick-GMC, D'Arcy Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac honored.

September 20, 2019
California vows to fight rollback of environmental power
The decades-old rule that empowers California to set tougher car emissions standards than those required by the federal government.​

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