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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 28, 2017
CATA, NADA to help dealership employees hit by recent floods
The CATA will match any grants given to CATA-member dealership employees by the NADA Foundation Emergency Relief Fund.

July 28, 2017
Area dealer named among industry's latest '40 under 40' retailers
Under the leadership of Kelly Webb Roberts, the Webb Auto Group has expanded from one dealership in 2010 to four today.

July 28, 2017
Self-driving cars legislation could impact dealers
If not properly written, legislation to give NHTSA authority over highly automated vehicles could impact state motor vehicle franchise and licensing...

July 28, 2017
Production of U.S. cars ramps up in Mexico
Output of some popular sport-utility models in Mexican factories helped spur a 16 percent increase in production of light vehicles in Mexico during...

July 28, 2017
Study: NAFTA exit border tax would hurt industry
Leaving NAFTA would lead to the loss of 25,000 to 50,000 jobs at U.S. auto suppliers.​

July 28, 2017
U.S. may revise 2021 fuel efficiency standards, freeze targets
The U.S. Transportation Department could decide to freeze 2021 standards through 2025, rather than raising them every year.​

July 28, 2017
England announces ban on new gasoline and diesel cars by 2040
There is a mountain to climb, as electric cars currently account for less than 5 percent of new-car registrations in Britain.​

July 28, 2017
BBB accepting Torch Award nominations
It is the Better Business Bureau's most prestigious award.

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