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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

October 21, 2016
After Matthew, secretary of state watching for flooded vehicles
Vehicles from parts of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina that were declared disaster areas are under the microscope.

October 21, 2016
Scarpelli elected 2017 NADA chairman; Michigan dealer is vice chairman
Mark Scarpelli, proprietor of Raymond Chevrolet and Kia in Antioch, assumes the reins of the National Automobile Dealers Association at its annual...

October 21, 2016
Cook County approves paid sick leave law
The law is similar to an ordinance passed last summer by the Chicago City Council. Both measures take effect July 1, 2017.​

October 21, 2016
New cars are being discounted at the highest levels ever
The average incentive in September reached a record high of $3,923 per unit, beating the previous peak of $3,753 in December 2008--back when the Great...

October 21, 2016
Consumers want option to control autonomous cars: study
The responses are based on a scale of autonomy from level 0 for human only, to level 5 for full autonomy with no option for a human driver to take...

October 21, 2016
Apple reduces production plans
The company has refocused on developing an autonomous driving system that gives Apple the flexibility to partner with existing carmakers.

October 21, 2016
Sedgwick deflects Q3 2016 jobless claims
The company's efforts saved 112 CATA member dealers a combined $882,836 by contesting claims for unemployment insurance.​

October 20, 2016
In Memoriam: Paul Cotton
Paul Cotton, 59, of Paul Cotton Ford, in Carol Stream.

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