Hyundai to Unveil Zombie-Ready Elantra Coupe at Comic-Con International

Automaker Partners with 'The Walking Dead' Writer to Create Survival Machine

HYANNIS, MASS. (07/10/2012)(readMedia)-- While most drivers are more concerned with fighting gas prices than zombies, the fans at Comic-Con International this year will find a customized version of the all-new 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe that can do both. Designed by Robert Kirkman, the creator and writer of the comic book, "The Walking Dead," the Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine will debut during Comic-Con International's preview night on July 11 in San Diego, Calif.

With a series of modifications designed to undermine the undead, the Hyundai Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine features a spiked zombie plow cowcatcher, a roof hatch for shooting 'walkers' and armored window coverings. If those aren't enough to get back safely to shelter, various interior compartments and an electric rear trunk can house additional weapons, while a PA system and CB radio can help occupants get in touch with their home base for reinforcements.

"Kirkman did an incredible job designing the Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine, amplifying the car's aggressive styling with features any post-apocalyptic survivor would appreciate," said JJ Hoyt, general manager of Balise Hyundai of Cape Cod, a Massachusetts Hyundai dealer. "Comic-Con International is a great place to showcase the Elantra, because it has innovative technology and avant-garde styling that appeal to young buyers. Plus, it can return up to 40 mpg on the highway, meaning there's more cash for comics."

Hyundai and Kirkman are also celebrating the release of the 100th issue of "The Walking Dead" at Comic-Con by giving away a 2013 Elantra GT wrapped in the comic book's cover later this summer. Those interested can register to win the unique car by entering at through July 31. While on the website, visitors can also check out behind-the-scenes videos showing the creation of the Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine.

Now available at dealerships, the street-legal version of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe takes on the automaker's Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, receiving a unique front grille and rear bumper, new rocker panels and standard alloy wheels that differentiate it from the Elantra sedan. Bluetooth connectivity and heated front seats come standard, while a seven-inch touchscreen navigation system with a rearview camera and iPod USB inputs is available for tech-savvy buyers.

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe uses the same 148-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as the Elantra sedan, and comes with the choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission that help it return best-in-class fuel economy. Meanwhile, the Coupe's stretched wheelbase provides more passenger room and cargo space than the two-door Honda Civic.

"Hyundai has taken the things that drivers like most about the Elantra sedan to bring an unmatched compact coupe to market," added Hoyt. "Plus, the Elantra Coupe's two-door design creates an even sportier look that will appeal to new groups of young buyers."

About Balise Hyundai of Cape Cod:

Part of the Balise Auto Group, Balise Hyundai of Cape Cod offers Massachusetts drivers a full selection of stylish, fuel-efficient Hyundai sedans, hatchbacks and crossovers. Their broad inventory is backed by a friendly, knowledgeable sales staff and an expert service team that keeps Hyundai owners out on the road where they belong. Contact the Balise Hyundai team by phone at 508-815-4006, browse their inventory online at, or visit their dealership in person at 556 Yarmouth Rd. in Hyannis, Mass. They can also be found on Facebook.