Cars have long had an image problem, and the bad ones are often too expensive or too obscure to be worth the hassle.

But brands like Volkswagen, Honda and Toyota have made some good ones with their names.

We’ve also come to learn that brand names are often more valuable than actual products.

Here’s how to spot the best cars, trucks, SUVs and other cars, on sale now.

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Volkswagen: Volkswagen, founded in 1919, has been making cars since 1948.

The brand has been selling cars in the U.S. since 1983.

Its vehicles are made with materials like carbon fiber, magnesium, aluminum, titanium and glass.

The logo on the side of the vehicle is a cross with a vertical stripe.

VW says it’s been a leader in electrification, including in the electric-vehicle (EV) market, since 2006.

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Honda: Honda, also based in Japan, has made cars since 1937.

Its cars are made using a blend of materials including aluminum, steel, titanium, glass and carbon fiber.

The company says its vehicles can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and reach up to 50 miles per hour on the highway.

The name “Honda” is a play on Honda’s namesake car, a motorcycle.

The word “h” is pronounced “ha.”

Honda says its new 2017 models will be the first in the company’s new-generation lineup, which will include the Civic, Civic Sport and the Odyssey.

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Toyota: Toyota has been made in Japan since the early 1900s.

Its mainstay, the Prius, was the first EV car to reach the U in 2011.

Its newest model, the X, is expected to be available in 2018.

The Japanese brand is making its first car in the Americas.

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Ford: Ford has been around for more than 100 years.

It started making cars in Detroit in 1902.

Its brands include the F-150 pickup, the F‑series small SUV, the Escape, the Ranger and the Lincoln Navigator.

The Ford logo is a square with an oval in the center.

The vehicle’s name is a combination of the words “Ford Motor Company” and “Ford.”

Ford has also been making SUVs.

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Toyota’s U.K.-based division has been producing cars since 1963.

Its current lineup includes the Juke and its redesigned Camry.

It also makes the Prix hybrid and the Lexus RX 500.

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BMW: The German carmaker has been building cars since 1932.

Its SUVs are designed with features like a front and rear spoiler and an air suspension.

The firm says it has been able to build cars that are cheaper than the competition because it uses materials like aluminum and carbon fibers.

The German brand is known for the X3, which has become a worldwide icon.

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Honda’s U,K.-listed division makes cars starting in 2014.

It’s making the Civic compact SUV, Honda’s CR-V hybrid and its SUV, CR-X.

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Hyundai: The Korean carmaker began making cars as far back as the 1930s.

It now makes vehicles that are among the most popular models in the world, with the X crossover, the CR-E SUV and the Veloster.

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Toyota says it is building cars in North America starting in 2018, including a crossover that will be sold as the Camry Hybrid.

It is expected that the new Camry, due out next year, will be a compact SUV.

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BMW is building its own small cars in China and Japan.

The BMW M1, a plug-in hybrid, has sold more than 2 million units worldwide.

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Audi: The Swiss carmaker started making vehicles in 1959, starting with the Mini.

It made the E3 and E5 in the 1960s, and launched the all-new Mini, the A3, in the 1980s.

Audi’s latest models are the A5, A6 and the A8.

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Lexus: The Japanese automaker began making SUAVs in 1983, with a line that includes the X5, X6, X7 and X8.

Its latest vehicles are the X-T, X5.

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Honda says it built its SUVs in the United States since the mid-1980s.

Honda started selling the Prizm, the Civic and the Fisker Karma in the late 1990s.

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Volvo: Volvo’s SUVs began in 1989, but its vehicles are now built in South Korea.

The country has more than 25,000 SUVs, and its SUV market is growing.

Volvo’s current line-up includes the K70, K80 and K90, and is due out later this year.

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Toyota Motor Corp. says its cars are built in Japan.

Toyota has a lot of Japanese brands on its cars, including Lexus, Mazda, Honda, Nissan and Subaru