National Geographic : 1979 Nov
The car behind the mystique. There are great road cars. There are great luxury cars. Eldorado 1980 is both. On one hand, there's the mystique of Eldorado. Like that of the Eldorado Biarritz shown. The excitement. Flair. Pleasure. And pride. On the other hand, there's the car behind the image. A superbly designed, front-wheel drive automobile built to pull you through-in rain, sleet or snow. Altogether, one of the best engineered cars in the world. And even more so for 1980. New Digital Electronic-Fuel-Injected Engine that eliminates conventional tune-ups. Only spark plug changes are required. Nerve center of this new engine is a sophisticated new form of EFI called Digital EFI, a Cadillac exclusive. Operating with digital accuracy, two electronically controlled injectors meter a precise mixture of fuel and air to the engine. For California, 5.7 liter EFI engine is standard. New, on-board computer diagnostics to help take the guesswork out of servicing. This system, again a Cadillac exclusive, enables a Cadillac service man to find and correct a number of possible problem areas quickly. Activated by two push buttons, the diagnostic system displays a coded number for the area needing attention. Standard with Digital EFI. New Electronic Climate Control System with digital accuracy.With a touch of a button, you can change temperature setting as precise as one degree. The system itself has one of the highest cooling capacities found anywhere on any car. To help make you a more efficient driver ... Another Cadillac digital feature for 1980 is the MPG Sentinel-standard with Digital EFI. Instantaneous miles per gallon is shown continuously to the nearest mpg. Push a button and it displays your average mpg for your trip, to the nearest 1/10 of a mile. Almost every advanced electronic convenience is standard. Utilizing electronics, Eldorado seems to respond to your every need ... your every wish. Almost anticipating them. From new Digital Electronic Fuel Injection to Electronic Level Control. From the Digital Electronic Climate Control System to Twilight Sentinel that automatically turns lights on and off in response to outside lighting conditions. And on it goes ... Front-wheel drive for traction and added roominess. Eldorado, one of the cars that pioneered modern front-wheel drive in the U.S ., is still one of its finest expressions. Because the engine's weight is over the wheels that drive the car, there is impressive traction in a wide variety of weather conditions. And since the floor is virtually flat with front-wheel drive, there's added roominess, too. World-class in engineering. Almost every system -every detail-contributes to the world-class status of Eldorado 1980. Including four-wheel independent suspension for ride control. Four-wheel disc brakes that adjust automatically with every application. Quick ratio power steering that contributes to maneuver ability in city driving and parking. Permanently sealed wheel bearings that never need lubrication. And much more. Even side window defoggers are standard. If Diesel-power intrigues you ... a 5.7 liter fuel injected Diesel V8 is available. (In Calif., Diesel not available at time of printing.) So you can equip your 1980 Eldorado to best fit your driving needs. There's even a new Sport Handling Package available that includes a firm, sports car-like suspension and larger steel-belted radial tires. Eldorados are equipped with GM-built engines produced by various divisions. See your Cadillac dealer for details. And to buy or lease the Eldorado of your choice. ...one of the best engineered cars in the world.