Are You Prepared?

The traditional start of the new model year is October 1st, already come and gone, and an exciting time for dealers. CNBC reported on what’s new for 2012, including a list of expected models.

“Revamped versions of some of America’s best-known cars — the Toyota Camry, the Chevrolet Malibu, the Ford Taurus, the Volkswagen Beetle, the BMW 3 Series — are all going on sale in the 2012 model year. The industry hopes that as buyers trickle back after the economic slump, they’ll be delighted by new styling, significantly better fuel economy and, in the Camry’s case, lower prices.”

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There is a clear trend toward being more economical with better mpg and lower model pricing, as well as a trend toward redesigns of consumer favorites.

Toyota’s new Prius family commercial may seem a little creepy, as reported by autoblog.com, but shows off four Prius model options – the regular Prius, the wagon version Prius V out for the 2012 model year, which is expected to get 43 mpg, the Prius C concept, and a Prius Plug-In. Watch the commercial and the making-of video below.

Top safety picks for the new 2012 model year include the new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Audi A6, and Volkswagen Passat. You can read more about these top safety picks at Yahoo! AUTOS.

With the new model year upon us, are you prepared?