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GM's Opel celebrates April Fool's with soccer-themed Astra

by Ronan Glon

The Opel Astra Copacabana pays homage to the soccer world cup with real grass upholstery on the seats.

General Motors' Germany-based Opel division is celebrating April Fool's Day by detailing a fake limited-edition version of the Astra hatchback. Called Astra Copacabana, the hatchback is designed to preview the FIFA World Cup that will take place in Brazil this summer.

The Astra Copacabana packs a bespoke interior decked out with seats upholstered in real grass from the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro as well as sand gathered from the Copacabana beach in lieu of floor mats. The Intellilink infotainment system is configured to stream soccer games live, and passengers can use it to play video games with wireless controllers.

The horn is set up to either play a Samba tune or the sound of a vuvuzela, an exceedingly loud plastic horn often used by fans during major soccer games.

The finishing touch inside the cockpit is an alcohol-free Caipirinha dispenser integrated into the Astra's overhead console. Limes are kept in a container stored in one of the cupholders in the center console, and an innovative crushed ice dispenser mounted above the passenger-side footwell lets occupants make cocktails on the go.

Outside, the visual modifications carried out to the Astra are largely limited to Brazilian-themed decals on both sides and on the tailgate, green door mirrors and a large Brazilian flag painted on the roof.

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