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Hyundai receives even more accolades

So the jurors of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, which this week named the Hyundai Genesis the 2009 Car of the Year, do not stand alone.

Another independent set of automotive experts, these from the venerable Consumer Reports magazine, singled out the Hyundai Genesis as a special vehicle. It beat four finalist competitors to become Consumer Reports' top-rated vehicle in the competitive “Upscale Sedan” category.

The Genesis got the checkered flag as “Excellent” in overall road test scores, and now outranks 12 vehicles from Lexus, Acura, Lincoln and others, including, notably, the Lexus ES 350.

The consumer magazine reports that the Genesis’ performance in testing — which is comprehensive, let me assure you — is one more notch in the belt in the belt for Hyundai, rapidly gaining a reputation for building high-quality vehicles in an ever-expanding diversification in its lineup. Already, Consumer Reports had named two Hyundais, the Elantra and Santa Fe, as “Top Pick” vehicles in the small sedan and midsize SUV categories respectively.

“The Hyundai Genesis rivals high-end luxury sedans but costs considerably less,” said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut. “Its luxurious and spacious interior and quietness far transcend its relatively modest price” — modest being low to high 30s in a field that range from $33,660 to $40,880 and included the Acura TL, Nissan Maxima, Pontiac G8, snf Lincoln MKS.