Surviving a zombie apocalypse can be done while driving Anson Kuo's Hyundai Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine that will be displayed on October 10 at the New York Comic Con. Hyundai has tapped the popular franchise of The Walking Dead to expand its presence among young audiences. Hyundai and INNOCEAN USA (launched during San Diego Comic-Con) had designed The Walking Dead Chop Shop configurator app.
Fans didn’t waste time and over 82,500 designs of custom zombie survival machines were submitted. Among the models used were the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, Santa Fe or Elantra. The winner -- Kuo's Santa Fe design – was chosen in the summer.
Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) constructed the winning design – an urban camouflaged Zombie Survival Machine that features knife blades, an automatic crossbow, razor-wired windows, three machine guns, a samurai sword, aluminum armor and a muffler silencer. Kuo’s vehicle is stealthy and has lots of space for supplies and passengers. It uses knives as a primary weapon to conserve the limited ammunition.
Steve Shannon, vice president, Marketing, Hyundai Motor America, said that Kuo’s Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine is “creative... and deadly." Last July, Hyundai brought a customized Veloster Zombie Survival Machine designed by Robert Kirkman and fabricated by GAS at the San Diego Comic-Con.
Those who will attend the New York Comic-Con can take pictures with the new Zombie Survival Machine at the Future US booth. They can also get in it to check out all of the features as well as receive limited edition giveaways and see a zombie make-up artist in action.