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Emergency Relief Fund for Baton Rouge Dealership Families

The CATA is donating $10,000 to the Emergency Relief Fund for Baton Rouge Dealership Families. John Hennessy, CATA Chairman, encourages Chicago-area dealers to consider donating to the fund as well. For more information, please click the following link.

Important Dates

2017 Chicago Auto Show
Saturday, February 11, 2017

2017 Chicago Auto Show
Feb. 11-20
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 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

January 13, 2017
After record-setting sales year in 2016, things could get bumpy in '17
Forecasts show that car sales are expected to plateau or decline over the next several years, part of a cyclical ebb for sales.

January 13, 2017
Trump tweets, carmakers jump
The president-elect blasted criticism via Twitter over auto production in Mexico.​

January 13, 2017
Materials shipped for auto show, 2017 concerns
The materials were sent to all CATA members in good standing.

January 13, 2017
Consider 'adopting' a school to attend 2017 Chicago Auto Show
What better way is there to attract future customers?

January 13, 2017
Incoming NADA chairman Scarpelli: 'Dealers are very resilient'
Scarpelli reflects on the challenges and opportunities dealers face in 2017.

January 13, 2017
In Memoriam: Michael Massarelli
Mike Massarelli operated Liberty Auto City, in Libertyville, since 1965.

December 30, 2016
The 5 biggest auto stories of 2016
The auto sector is responsible for almost 4 percent of the U.S. economy, so it is worthwhile taking a look at the biggest stories impacting th...

December 30, 2016
Was 2016 a good year for auto dealers?
A look at how auto dealers did in 2016, what regulatory changes were introduced and what ca be expected in the coming year.​

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