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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

"The $370k Profit-Add Back Your Dealership Isn't Thinking About"
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

All dealerships want to drive additional profitability to their stores, but many are missing how the people side of their business could help them add...

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 26, 2016
701 dealers can remit funds electronically
Since the electronic method's inception in April, dealers who use it say it is simple and efficient.

August 26, 2016
U.S. retail sales stall -- except at dealerships
Sales at U.S. retailers were little changed in July as Americans flocked to auto dealers at the expense of other merchants.​

August 26, 2016
Dealer donates CPR mannequins
The four training units, valued at more than $4,700 and given to several local organizations, were provided to the dealer through the National...

August 26, 2016
Employee rights posters updated
All federal and state posters that Illinois and Indiana businesses must display in common areas can be downloaded free from the CATA website.

August 26, 2016
Countdown to 100
Register online by Sept. 9 and save $100.​

August 26, 2016
U.S. rejects automakers' request to extend fuel comment deadline
Automakers wanted to push the period to comment on the feasibility of mpg requirements by 2025 beyond the late September deadline.

August 26, 2016
Huge disconnect emerging between car buyers, U.S. government
The current sales boom is being driven by big pickups and SUVs. How to meet the more stringent fuel economy standards by 2025?

August 26, 2016
Child Safety Month is a chance for dealers to host inspection events
The NADA produced a 40-page booklet with step-by-step directions to help dealers plan a seat-inspection event.

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