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Hyundai ‘Zombie Survival Machine’ Is Ready to Ride Among the Undead

Automaker teams with the creator of "The Walking Dead" for a one-off vehicle and promotion.

By Douglas Newcomb Jun 19, 2012 3:53PM

Hyundai Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine. Image by Hyundai. When the zombie apocalypse comes, Hyundai has you covered with the Elantra coupe Zombie Survival Machine. It features a spiked zombie plow on the front, wheels fitted with truncheons, slatted armored windows, a roof hatch for shooting at “walkers,” an electric rear trunk to stash weapons and more.

Don’t expect to see it on dealers’ lots any time soon, though. Where you can see it is at Comic-Con International in San Diego from July 12-15. You can also -- maybe -- win a real "Walking Dead"-themed Elantra.

To celebrate the 100th issue of the comic, Hyundai teamed with Robert Kirkman, creator of the blockbuster "The Walking Dead" graphic-novel series and his Skybound imprint to launch the Hyundai Undead program. The campaign kicked off June 12 with the launch of and a four-part behind-the-scenes video series detailing the creation of the Zombie Survival Machine and showcasing the car’s build from start to finish by Design Craft Fabrication.

As part of the Hyundai Undead program, the Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine will be unveiled at the convention in the booth of Future US, publisher of the "The Walking Dead." Comic-Con attendees will have the chance to take pictures with the car and check out a limited-run illustrated owner’s manual that walks drivers through the Zombie Survival Machine’s features. The booth will also host a zombie target-practice area and a zombie costume contest.

While no one will get to drive the one-off car created by Kirkland -- unless, we suppose, the zombie apocalypse breaks out during Comic-Con -- Hyundai will be giving away an Elantra GT wrapped in the cover of "The Walking Dead" 100th issue, created by artist Charlie Adlard, at Comic-Con. But you don’t have to attend the convention to win: Anyone can enter the sweepstakes at

Hyundai Teams with The Walking Dead comic creator for one-off vehicle and promotion.

[News Source: Inside Line]
Jun 20, 2012 4:25AM
I understand that the spikes may be intended to kill but then I have to pull the  Zombie parts off from them all of the time. They should be retractable so the stuff slides off when pulling them back in.
Jun 22, 2012 9:59AM
I think after 20 zombies get impaled and you can't shake them off, your mpg rating is going waaay down ..
Jun 25, 2012 8:34AM
I'll go with a diesel Ford F650 with serrated snowplow blade, side blades and electrifiable exterior skin, kevlar tires with a top mounted coaxial machine gun and grenade launcher firing fleshette grenades.
Jun 22, 2012 2:06AM
...does anyone else think an suv would be a better choice? I can't be the only one thinking this type of car would be a bad decision. Why not a jeep, ford, or some sort of 4 wheel drive vehicle? I'm no scientologist but I don't think the Elantra is a good car choice.
Jun 20, 2012 12:55PM
When I think the words "zombie apocalypse survival vehicle", "Elantra" isn't the first name to come to mind.

Still, any port in a storm, I suppose.

Is this "zombie car" meant to kill zombies from laughter? Cause that's how they'll react when they see you pull up in this crap...lmao 
Jun 22, 2012 11:15AM
Cool enough, but, it sits too low to the ground. Eventually zombie bodies are gonna make it underneath and you`d get high-centered. It needs to be a lfted 4X4 platform, with big, knobby tires for climbing over bodies and anything else in the way. Otherwise your up zombie creek without a paddle.
Jun 28, 2012 7:50AM
Probably should be a truck. or perhaps a hummer. you know, incase there is rain, snow, or mud. just a thought.
Jun 26, 2012 6:56AM
Since I'm an old 101st  paratrooper; I' d probably go with a bar of octagon  soap in a boot sock and riding a mountain bike.
Jun 25, 2012 6:46PM
That's a really cool promotion.  Heck, a company that'd find something like that fun seems like a good place to consider a car from.

That said, if the zombies start coming, my car choice will not be a Hyundai, much less an elantra:P

The Chrysler Imperial is against the rules to use in most demolition derbies because compared to other cars it is indestructible.  I'd put the plow and truncheons on that tanks--also, it sleeps sixteen.

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