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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

2018 Chicago Auto Show
Saturday, February 10, 2018

McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

Digital Dealer Workshop
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

@ the Chicago Auto Show

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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. 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

March 16, 2018
February 2018 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

March 09, 2018
Auto loan amounts reach record even as interest rates on the rise
Despite rising interest rates, Americans are borrowing more than ever to buy new and used vehicles.

March 09, 2018
International nameplate dealers: Tariffs will result in trade war
Tariffs are taxes, which will make internationally produced vehicles less competitive in the U.S., argues the president of the American International...

March 09, 2018
Auto analysts: industry is healthy enough to withstand next downturn
Leaner automaker plants, better-quality vehicles, and reduced labor and marketing costs will help manufacturers weather any cyclical drop in...

March 09, 2018
Illinois revises the state's unclaimed property statute
Accountants from CATA allied member Crowe Horwath LLP outline recent changes to Illinois's unclaimed property laws so that dealers can enact policies...

March 09, 2018
Reversal sought on recent interpretation of Military Lending Act
The Department of Defense in late 2017 issued a "surprise" interpretation of the Military Lending Act that imposes substantial obligation on dealers...

March 09, 2018
Most owners of 3-year-old cars still love 'em, J.D. Power finds
The study, now in its 29th year, measures the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles during the past 12 months by original owners of 2015...

March 09, 2018
China's GAC Motor to exhibit at this month's NADA Show
GAC plans to enter the U.S. market in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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