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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

August 11, 2017
Chicago dealer to host blood drives
Fletcher Jones Chicago will host blood drives this week at three of its facilities. The drives on Aug. 14, 15 and 18 will be operated by Heartland...

August 11, 2017
USO Barbecue for the Troops fundraiser total to be announced Aug. 17
The sum raised in July by area new-car dealers will be announced at a USO event in Chicago.

August 11, 2017
Updated HAV legislation won't impact state motor vehicle laws
Clarified legislation before the U.S. House on highly automated vehicles (HAVs) won't jeopardize state motor vehicle franchise and licensing laws.

August 11, 2017
Host a congressman at your dealership during August recess
For more than 100 years, consumers have relied on auto dealers to deliver the most efficient and cost-effective means of buying a car. Does your...

August 11, 2017
Dubious doomsday scenario: Subprime auto loans won't trigger crisis
The time to write about possible problems in auto loan defaults was a year ago, and even then the volume of defaults was not near crisis levels.

August 11, 2017
5 actions Congress may take on self-driving cars
Lawmakers are exploring ways to speed up the deployment of self-driving cars as the auto industry and safety advocates clamor for action at the...

August 11, 2017
Consumers find new vehicles more 'APEAL-ing' than ever: J.D. Power
The latest U.S. Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study shows car owners' love affair with new vehicles is stronger than ever.

July 28, 2017
CATA, NADA to help dealership employees hit by recent floods
The CATA will match any grants given to CATA-member dealership employees by the NADA Foundation Emergency Relief Fund.

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