Chrysler Leads Touch Screen Race, Best Buy Wins Black Friday: Consumer Business Roundup

The race for touch screen leader in the auto industry might be won by Chrysler Group (FIATY.PK) as it allows Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) and General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) to go first and then trip. Ford’s ranks in surveys conducted by Consumer Reports and J.D. Power & Associates have been dragged down by errors with the systems, which handle things like entertaining with Pandora (NYSE:P) Internet radio and reading text messages and mapping out directions. Meanwhile, GM’s system for Cadillacs brought negative comparisons with Ford’s in early reviews by Consumer Reports. For its part, Chrysler has moved more slowly with its less complicated Uconnect system.

It seems now that Best Buy Co. (NYSE:BBY) lured the largest crowds over Black Friday weekend, as Mike Baker at Deutsche Bank wrote that “Best Buy was the big winner with 86 percent of the stores that we contacted indicating they were busy, up from 83 percent last year.” The ‘win’ indicates that the huge consumer electronics retailer is still able to attract numbers of customers with sales on big screen TVs and devices of every kind.

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