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Fans of the AMC series "The Walking Dead" are familiar with the Hyundai cars chase outrunning the zombies in this television drama apocalypse that is now turning a page into its third season.

Although the car chases are staged, the efficiency of the Hyundai cars and SUVs used had been put to crucial tests during filming. According to executive producer and writer Glen Mazzara, the Hyundai engine over exceeded expectations after the rigorous, often repetitive staging of each scene could easily overheat the engines and the production budget.

Hyundai's fuel efficient technology and reliable engines are more than a blessing to the cast and crew of the "Walking Dead." The Hyundai cars withstood the Season 2 of the American drama that broke TV viewer ratings and breaking its own records with 8.1 million total viewers, 5.4 million in age category 18-49 and 4.4 million in 25-54 age category.

A typical Hyundai car would not come to be if not for the production system that the Korean company and its affiliates are forging all these years to perfect.

Hyundai does not only care for how its cars perform, it also cares for the environment as it gives its best to perfect the fuel efficiency of the vehicles they produce. The global manufacturing facilities of Hyundai also make sure that they recycle the water used in all its production processes.

North America's 2012 Car of the Year Early this year, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra took the top awards in the North American region when it was named the Year's North American Car of the Year. A jury of 50 independent North American automotive journalists evaluated each of the new cars introduced last year and chose the 2012 Hyundai Elantra as the winner, besting Ford Focus and Volkswagen Passat. The award was announced at a news conference at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which marks Hyundai's second win. The Hyundai Genesis was named North American Car of the Year in 2009. "Elantra speaks to the success of our recipe of bold design and great fuel economy," says John Krafcik, president and chief executive officer, Hyundai Motor America. "In a year with some truly breakthrough competitors, we are honored that the jury recognizes Elantra's far-reaching impact on the industry." The jurors considered more than 50 new vehicles, before selecting the top three cars and top three trucks. The Volkswagen Passat and Ford Focus were the other car finalists. Jurors judge the cars on a number of factors including innovation, impact on the industry, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.