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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

2018 Chicago Auto Show
Saturday, February 10, 2018

McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

Digital Dealer Workshop
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

@ the Chicago Auto Show

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Chicago Automobile Trade AssociationHistory of the CATA

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is on of the nation's oldest and largest metropolitan new-car dealer associations. 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 12, 2018
In Norway, electronics and hybrid cars outsell conventional models
About 52 percent of the new cars sold in the country last year ran on new forms of fuel.

January 12, 2018
BBB has issues with dealer websites
The main issues are related to advertised vehicle prices and disclosures.

January 12, 2018
7th record year for CPO car sales
Sales set a record for a seventh straight year.

January 12, 2018
Federal Reserve rates hikes expected to hurt car sales in 2018
Consumers could face slightly higher costs for all their borrowing: credit card balances, student loans, financing a house or a car.

January 12, 2018
CATA building, access to forms to go dark Feb. 2-20 for Chicago Auto Show
The CATA building will be closed while the staff relocates to McCormick Place.

January 12, 2018
Consider 'adopting' a school to attend 2018 Chicago Auto Show
The measure can establish customer loyalty with young consumers.

January 12, 2018
FTC: Businesses have duties to victims of identity theft
The FTC has issued a reminder to all businesses of their duties under federal law to identity theft victims.

January 12, 2018
CATA donates $1,500 to Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse
The donation follows a contribution by Liberty Auto City, in Libertyville.

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