2010 Hyundai Genesis gets crash tested – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's no secret that earning a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety will boost a car's street cred, and now the engineers at Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz can stand tall knowing that the Genesis and E-Class sedans have just received this prestigious honor.

Hyundai launched its flagship Genesis in 2009, but the automaker made slight changes to the roof structure for the 2010 model year, which has (obviously) greatly improved the crash ratings. Thus, the Top Safety Pick award only applies to Genesis models built after January 2010. The Benz, on the other hand, has been on sale for decades, but this is the first time that the E-Class has garnered IIHS's top rating.

Hit the jump to read the full crash test results, and be sure to scroll through the galleries below to see high-res shots of the two cars getting smashed.

[Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety]
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Two large luxury cars earn 2010 Top Safety Pick award

The Hyundai Genesis and redesigned Mercedes E class, both large luxury cars, earn 2010 TOP SAFETY PICK awards. The award recognizes the vehicles that earn the top rating of good for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection, and that have electronic stability control, which is standard on both of these cars.

The Genesis was introduced in the 2009 model year. During the 2010 model year, Hyundai made changes to the roof structure to improve protection in rollover crashes. The TOP SAFETY PICK award applies to Genesis models built after January 2010.

The E class was redesigned for the 2010 model year. This is the first time the E class has earned the Institute's top safety designation. Earlier this year design changes were made to the padding in the front and rear doors to improve protection in side impact crashes. The Top Safety Pick award applies to E class models built after March 2010.

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