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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
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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. 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

December 01, 2017
Why Congress should be concerned about floorplan interest
Interest expense historically has been one of the top three expenses at a typical dealership.

December 01, 2017
Reports of demise of auto retail have been greatly exaggerated
If you take a long enough view, all business models are, in effect, "going away."​

December 01, 2017
Natural gas options for CATA members
Energy broker Utility Management Group, a CATA approved member partner, reviews the three options for purchasing natural gas in the Chicago market.

December 01, 2017
GM unveils its driverless cars, aiming to lead the pack
GM on Nov. 30 demonstrated its growing fleet of computer-operated, battery-powered Chevrolet Bolts in San Francisco to dozens of investment analysts...

December 01, 2017
Carmakers look to future at this year's LA Auto Show
The show floor features plenty of hybrid-electric/plug-in electric/pure electric vehicles, plus lots of gook ol' gas-guzzlers.​

December 01, 2017
2018 DOC fee max announcement expected Dec. 13
Any increase is tied to the federal Consumer Price Index for the 12-month period ending Nov. 30.

November 20, 2017
October 2017 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

November 17, 2017
2018 Fuel Economy Guide now available
By law, dealers must provide the guide to customers upon request.

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