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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. 2015 will mark the 107th 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 $2.5 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

January 30, 2015
AG is acting against dealers who violate 'zero tolerance' categories of ad regs
Dealers with noncompliant ads have less time to make them compliant, and there now are five "zero tolerance" rules which, if violated, immediately are...

January 30, 2015
Curtain set to rise on 2015 Chicago Auto Show
The nation's oldest and largest auto show opens its nine-day public run at McCormick Place Feb. 14. And even before then, the show floor will be...

January 30, 2015
#CAS15 social media tookit
Dealers and their employees can join the Chicago Auto Show conversation via social media and create compelling content for their channels. The show...

January 30, 2015
Lenders say they aren't afraid of longer loans
Customers are sticking with the vehicle they decided on when they entered the dealership, rather than changing their mind based on loan terms.

January 30, 2015
Sedgwick deflects Q4 2014 jobless claims
The company's efforts saved 134 CATA dealer members at combined $954,584 during the final three months of 2014.

January 19, 2015
December 2014 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

January 17, 2015
January 2015 CATA vitality report
A semiannual snapshot of the new-car dealer head count in the eight counties in which the CATA has concerns.

January 16, 2015
More automotive mergers ahead?
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the industry needs to embrace the idea of mergers in an open way without the bias of egos.

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