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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

CATA seminar: How to avoid/survive a data security breach
Thursday, January 14, 2016

What to do to keep safe from data breaches, and what steps to take if a cyber-attack occurs.

CATA seminar: Strategic workers' comp claims management
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Join in a review of steps a business can take to reduce workers’ compensation insurance premiums.

2016 Chicago Auto Show
Saturday, February 13, 2016

2016 Chicago Auto Show Feb. 13-22. McCormick Place, Chicago IL

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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.

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. 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

November 20, 2015
October 2015 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

November 20, 2015
Member-discounted tickets to 2016 auto show on sale now
Tickets and vouchers admit users to the Chicago Auto Show free or at a reduced price.​

November 20, 2015
House passes legislation to roll back CFPB's auto financing 'guidance'
The chamber voted 332-96 to command the federal bureau to follow a transparent process when issuing auto finance guidance. Now it's on to the Senate.

November 20, 2015
Hotel tax inches higher in new Cook County budget
A 1 percentage point sales tax hike, passed earlier and about to take effect, covers merchandise that must be titled, so that increase will not affect...

November 20, 2015
Federal budget includes first increase in OSHA fines in 25 years
OSHA fines have not increased since 1990, even though the Consumer Price Index has risen nearly 80 percent over that time.​

November 20, 2015
Best defense against cyber attacks: A good offense
Auto dealers have a legal responsibility under Gramm Leach Bliley to protect their customers' non-public information.

November 20, 2015
SUVs: 40% of U.S. auto market by 2020?
The country's two largest demographic groups, baby boomers and their adult children starting their own families, both favor SUVs.

November 20, 2015
Kelley Blue Book expects used-car sales to grow into next year
In the first three quarters of 2015, 30.7 million used units were sold in the U.S., a 1.8 percent increase over the same period last year.

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