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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

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

August 12, 2016
CATA to push for contributions to NADA political action committee
CATA board members to appeal to fellow dealers to support NADA PAC.

August 12, 2016
80 dealerships raise $160,000 for USO of Illinois programs for vets
In four Julys, CATA dealerships have generated about $400,000 for USO programs that support deployed troops and military families.

August 12, 2016
2 area dealerships fall victim to email wire fraud scams
The dealerships lost $14,000 and about $50,000.​

August 12, 2016
Auto safety chief implores motorists to get their recalled cars fixed
An estimated 20 percent to 30 percent of U.S. consumers don't take their vehicles back to dealerships for the free repairs.​

August 12, 2016
Millennials, seniors lead shift in mindset over car ownership
Millennials have the highest lease penetration rate of any generation, but the strongest growth has come from shoppers over age 75.

August 12, 2016
2017 NADA convention registration underway
NADA members who register by Sept. 9 get a $100 discount from the online rate.

August 12, 2016
Congratulations! (August 2016)
Area dealers feted.

July 29, 2016
Industry groups rally for Senate bill to preserve auto loan discounts
The Senate companion legislation to House Resolution 1737 has not been acted upon since April 7.

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