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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.

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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.

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February 20, 2017
January 2017 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

January 27, 2017
Marketplace, Jan. 30, 2017
Controller candidate

January 27, 2017
New Buyer's Guide, but existing form can still be used till next year
The new version is effective Jan. 27, 2017.​

January 27, 2017
2017 Chicago Auto Show getting set to rev its engines
The nation's largest auto show runs Feb. 11-20 at McCormick Place.

January 27, 2017
First Look for Charity to raise millions for 18 area nonprofits
Benefactors in attendance can win a 2017 Acura TLX and a 2017 Lexus NX.

January 27, 2017
Trump talks jobs with Detroit's -- but not foreign -- automakers
The trio of chief executives spoke with the president about policies that will grow investment and jobs in America.

January 27, 2017
Sedgwick deflects Q4 2016 jobless claims
The company saved 128 CATA dealer members a combined $827,163 during the quarter.​

January 24, 2017
December 2016 Chicago Auto Outlook
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