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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
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Chicago Automobile Trade AssociationHistory of the CATA

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is the oldest and largest metropolitan new-car dealer association in the nation. 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.

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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. 2016 will mark the 108th 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

July 20, 2017
June 2017 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

July 14, 2017
Dealer-friendly legislation awaits the pen of Illinois governor
Gov. Rauner has until Aug. 28 to act on the bill that would forbid a manufacturer from forcing a dealer to substantially alter a dealership twice...

July 14, 2017
100 dealerships to host barbecues for USO on July 15
Some of the planned fundraising activities include car washes, with dealers asking for donations; and on-demand DJs, with donations made for song...

July 14, 2017
OSHA sets new injury, illness reporting date
Beginning Dec. 1, certain dealerships must file the OSHA Form 300A electronically.​

July 14, 2017
Sales down, incentives up, credit scores fall, but don't worry?
The NADA still predicts 17.1 light-vehicle sales this year, following sales of about 17.4 million in both 2016 and 2015.​

July 14, 2017
Some words matter more to car shoppers
Some words can move one generation or another into buying mode.

July 14, 2017
Forecast: 1 day your car will know all your habits
The average car already produces enough data to fill an iPhone in less than an hour.​

July 14, 2017
Privacy advocates: Regulators need more tools to prevent car cyberattacks
Regulators are looking to safeguard a range of vehicle advances -- from high-tech safety features already in operation to completely self-driving cars...

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