More Hyundai product placement for 'The Walking Dead' season 4

Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, and a Hyundai Tucson in The Walking DeadThe Walking Dead has been criticized by some as a series that prioritizes moneymaking over creativity. And while that's a highly debatable statement, you can't disagree that it has the teensiest bit of truth to it, particularly after this news: Hyundai has upped its sponsorship deal with The Walking Dead, meaning that we'll see even more of the manufacturer's cars in this fall's upcoming fourth season.

That green Hyundai Tucson is a rather prominent part of the series, almost to the point of comedy (you've got to admit, it's not at all the type of car that characters like Shane looked comfortable driving). The Tucson, somewhat improbably, has survived months into the zombie apocalypse undamaged -- and you can bet that's intentional. Here's something else you might not have known: the deal with Hyundai makes sure that the Tucson will never be shown as being smeared with zombie blood or breaking down.

Laurie Holden and a Hyundai in The Walking DeadAnd while the strangely clean Tucson isn't THAT distracting, things are sure to get a little suspicious when more and more Hyundais pop up next year as part of the manufacturer's new deal with AMC. Models like the Veloster and Elantra are expected to pop up in the upcoming season, while a tie-in with writer Robert Kirkman is also planned.

But Hyundai insists that we won't have to suspend too much disbelief -- the new model of Santa Fe won't be a part of The Walking Dead's fourth season: “While we’d like to have them find a Santa Fe in the post-apocalyptic world on the show where there is no car production, it’s hard to imagine them doing that,” Hyundai CMO Steve Shannon told Forbes.

I'm not too bothered by the product placement in The Walking Dead; I've seen much worse (I'm looking at YOU, Heroes). But now, it's going to be tough to see that spotless Hyundai in The Walking Dead without cracking a grin.

What do you think about The Walking Dead's deal with Hyundai?

The Walking Dead returns for its fourth season in October.


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Written by: mcpherson
May 20th, 2013, 10:05 pm

Images courtesy of AMC


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Message Posted On May 22nd, 2013, 4:05 am

Dunno how people doesn't notice these things. Really can't help bothering me every time a spotless Hyundai drives by, sadly :/

The Driving Dead

Message Posted On May 21st, 2013, 9:57 am
I didn`t even notice ! Maybe they`re hoping it`s subliminal - I couldn`t care less really, let them advertise :)

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Message Posted On May 21st, 2013, 6:30 am

Yea it's not that big of a stretch.  At first thought you might want to drive something big but there is a problem with fuel, so I small fuel effecient car makes sense.  The fact that it stays spotless is a bit of a stretch, but I can look over that if it helps keep the show on the air.


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Message Posted On May 21st, 2013, 6:03 am

Ditto, I would likely have coninued to be oblivious if this article hadn't pointed it out.


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Message Posted On May 21st, 2013, 3:49 am

Think its a nice enough car cant say i noticed the make of it though.


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Message Posted On May 21st, 2013, 2:18 am

I agree with Giskard, I hadn't even noticed, and have no problem with it.


Makes me laugh that you would think during a zombie apocalypse Shane wouldn't want to drive a Hyundai. Priorities 


Message Posted On May 21st, 2013, 1:34 am
I haven't even noticed it till I read this article ... as far as it pays to keep the show running, I have no problem with it.
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