After showing a zombie-resistant Hyundai Veloster this summer at the San Diego Comic-Con, the automaker has crossed the country to introduce a new way to outrun the walkers: the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine, which debuted at the New York Comic-Con that opened its doors this morning. And this time around, Hyundai let someone else get in on the action, since the car was designed by enthusiast Anson Kuo at www.WalkingDeadChopShop.com.
That unique configurator also was introduced by Hyundai in San Diego, and it allows folks to build their own zombie-proofed rides based on vehicles like the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Veloster Turbo or Hyundai Elantra. Kuo’s design was one of some 82,500 submitted to the site earlier this year, then was built by the same team behind the previous Hyundai zombie fighter—Galpin Auto Sports. The Galpin group started with a stock 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe that offers plenty of space for gear and supplies, and then, per Kuo’s specifications, added features like:
- Knife blades and samurai sword
- Automatic crossbow
- Razor-wire windows
- Machine guns
- Aluminum armor
- A muffler silencer
Needless to say, Hyundai’s partnership with “The Walking Dead” television and comic series remains alive and kicking as well. In fact, with this year marking the 10th anniversary of the ongoing zombie saga, Hyundai also is using the New York Comic-Con to premiere a new documentary about thefirst decade of the Dead. After its first showing, however, folks will be able to check it out for themselves (beginning October 11) at www.TheWalkingDead.com.
“We love Anson Kuo’s take on this Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine—it’s creative… and deadly,” said Steve Shannon, vice president, Marketing, Hyundai Motor America. “With help from the popularity of ‘The Walking Dead’ franchise, Hyundai continues to expand the conversation around Hyundai vehicles with young and passionate audiences.”