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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

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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 the Chicago show. Over the years it has grown with the city moving from the Colisium to the International Amphitheatre to the original McCormick Place and then to the current McCormick Place. Today, the show occupies two exibition halls with more than 1 million square feet of exibition 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

March 27, 2015
Sunday car sales bills get 3 backers
The measures seek to lift the 31-year-old ban on vehicle sales on Sundays in Illinois.​

March 27, 2015
Advertised car prices wrongly doing the math on limited rebates: BBB
Advertising vehicle prices which are not available to all consumers is one of the new "zero tolerance" issues that the BBB will forward to the...

March 27, 2015
Feds broaden crackdown on dealership fraud
The latest actions, announced March 26, target auto-loan application fraud and deceptive practices related to add-on products and services.

March 27, 2015
Google pushes for self-driving car by 2020
Google said regulators and the public will welcome the potential safety of driver-less cars -- as long as the technology works correctly, that is.

March 27, 2015
House bill caps CFPB funding
The bill, passed with nearly exclusive Republican support, caps CFPB funding at $550 million, $36 million less than the agency is projected to spend...

March 27, 2015
Congratulations! March 2015
Manufacturers fete area dealers

March 16, 2015
February 2015 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

March 13, 2015
Bills to strike Illinois blue law on Sunday car sales move
The CATA has advised its members to be prepared to contact senators when, and if, the bills get a committee hearing.

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