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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.

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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

January 26, 2018
Curtain set to rise on 2018 Chicago Auto Show
Get a rundown of what awaits, plus tips on where to get tickets and where to park.​

January 26, 2018
Auto show gala aiming for raise $3 million for 18 area nonprofits
First Look for Charity raised $3 million for the first time in 2017.

January 26, 2018
Dealerships must change to meet web-savvy consumer expectations
More consumers want to complete some portion of the vehicle purchasing process online.​

January 26, 2018
No more old Buyers Guides
The FTC's one-year grace period for dealers to draw down supplies of the old version expired Jan. 27.

January 26, 2018
Trump looks to lower mpg rules but more EVs, hybrids on the way
The proposed rule to lower mpg targets would be released March 30, 2018, and it would cover model years 2022 through 2025.​

January 26, 2018
A new year at the NADA
Mark Scarpelli reviews the current efforts of the National Automobile Dealers Association. Scarpelli is the 2017 NADA chairman.​

January 26, 2018
Q4 2017 unemployment claims deflected
Sedgwick Claims Management Services saved 146 dealers a combined $1.3 million by contesting claims for unemployment insurance.​

January 26, 2018
In Memoriam: Jerry Borg
The longtime operator of Borg Pontiac, in Downers Grove.

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