And the official car of the zombie apocalypse goes to ... Hyundai? 


The automaker announced on June 19 that it's taking advantage of the world's fascination with the undead to create a customized "Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine." Debuting at Comic Con next month, this fearsome vehicle will celebrate the 100th issue of the "Walking Dead" comic series, with the design inspiration courtesy of author Robert Kirkman. 


"I had a good experience working with Hyundai and Future US last year, and I thought it would be totally awesome if a fan of the comic were able to win a great new car made even cooler with Charlie [Adlard]'s artwork," Kirkman said in a Hyundai press release. "Designing the Zombie Survival Machine was just the icing on the cake.  I'm very excited to see the amazing job they are doing in turning my doodles and ideas into a truly awesome car.  I hope they will let me do a test drive before Comic-Con!"


Hyundai's Zombie Survival Machine features the following customizations: a front-end custom zombie plow cow catcher with spikes, slatted armored window coverings, a roof hatch to allow passengers to shoot at walkers, an electric rear trunk to house weapons, all‐terrain/rally type tires, weapons storage compartments, a CB radio/PA system and much more.


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Naturally, you won't be able to take this zombie-mincer home, but Hyundai is giving one lucky winner a shot at scoring a black 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT wrapped in the cover of the 100th issue of the comic. Those interested can enter at the aptly titled


“The Hyundai Undead program allows us to interact with hundreds of thousands of film, comic, TV and video game fans during this summer’s ultimate pop culture event,” said Steve Shannon, vice president of marketing for Hyundai Motor America. “We can’t wait to unveil our custom Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine, the ultimate car for 'The Walking Dead' fans and anyone who wants to survive a zombie apocalypse.”


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Hyundai building 'Zombie Survival Machine'
Automaker teams up with 'Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman on concept vehicle to celebrate the 100th issue of the comic.