Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How much do you know about Soybeans?

How much do you know about SoyBeans?

Information gathered for you by Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC


SoyBeans aren’t just for eating.
Bayer and Ashland have developed soy-resin body panels that currently are being used on John Deere tractors. These panels are dramatically lighter and more durable than the steel units they replace, and they're also more flexible and easier to paint, so we suspect it's only a matter of time before similar pieces find their way onto passenger cars and trucks.

Biodiesel — Fuel for diesel engines can be produced from soybean oil by a simple process called transesterification. This process removes the glycerin from the oil, leaving soy biodiesel.  Soy biodiesel is cleaner burning than petroleum-based diesel oil.  Its use reduces particulate emissions, 
Soy oil produces an environmentally friendly solvent that safely and rapidly removes oil from creeks, streams anand it is non-toxic, renewable and environmentally friendly.

Bio-composites are building materials made from recycled newspaper and soybeans. They replace other products traditionally made from wood, such as furniture, flooring, and countertops.

Particleboard, laminated plywood and finger-jointed lumber are made with soy-based wood adhesives.

Soy products are also found in many popular brands of home and commercial carpet, and in auto upholstery applications.d shorelines without harming people, animals and the environment.

Soy is an ingredient in many industrial lubricants, solvents, cleaners and paints.

Soy-based lubricants are as good as petroleum-based lubricants, but can withstand higher heat. More importantly, they are non-toxic, renewable and environmentally friendly.

Soy-based hydraulic fluid and rail flange lubricants are among the more recent products developed with check-off funds.

Candles made with soybean oil burn longer but with less smoke and soot.

SoyInk is superior to petroleum-based inks because soy ink is not toxic, renewable and environmentally friendly, and it cleans up easily.

Soy crayons made by the Dixon Ticonderoga Company replace the petroleum used in regular crayons with soy oil making them non-toxic and safer for children.

Soybeans in our seats.

Soy based foams are currently being
developed for use in coolers, refrigerators, automotive interiors and even footwear.  Beginning in 2007, vehicles rolled off the production line with soy foam in the seats.  New uses in the automotive and equipment industry followed, including lubricants, body parts, interiors and seating.

North Carolina Historical Highway Marker A-70
      “With the boll weevil taking its toll on North Carolina’s cotton industry, the Elizabeth City Oil and Fertilizer Company, incorporated to manufacture cottonseed oil and other cotton by-products, tried its hand at a new commodity on December 13, 1915. At that time, under the management of William Thomas Culpepper, the company crushed approximately 20,000 bushels of soybeans, generating the first commercially produced domestic soybean oil in the country. The manufacture of the soybean oil was completed without a single alteration in existing equipment. Both the oil and the residual “cake,” usually ground into meal, were highly marketable. Other oil mills, in towns such as Winterville, New Bern, Farmville, and Wilson, began working with soybean oil shortly thereafter. The advent of domestic soybean processing made the easily grown plant popular throughout North Carolina. 

      The soybean was first planted in America in the late 1800s as forage for livestock. In 1904, George Washington Carver discovered that the soybean was a good source of protein and oil. He also learned, in experimenting with crop rotation, that planting soybeans for two years actually helped improve the soil conditions for later cotton crops. Following such research, soybean production increased. The plants flourish in North Carolina’s hot, humid summers, and as of 2002, the state ranks fifteenth in the nation in soybean yields. At the time of the first processing in Elizabeth City, North Carolina was the leading producer of the legume.” 
The oil processing plant was located on property at the corner of Ehringhaus and McMorrine Streets in Elizabeth City. It is no longer standing. 

North Carolina was the first state in America to grow soybeans commercially on a large scale, and the first to crush domestically grown soybeans. North Carolina was America's leading state in soybean seed production and acreage from the
early 1900s until 1924. This early pioneering work proved to both soybean growers and crushers in other states that this new crop had great potential, and thus was a key factor in the growth of the soybean industry in America. 
The Early Years, to 1899. It is not known exactly when the soybean was introduced to North Carolina, but it was probably between 1870 and 1881. Tom Byrd, a journalist, reported in 1965 that C.B. Williams, the state's great soybean pioneer, once said that "The first soybeans coming to North Carolina had been brought to Hyde County about 1870 by an old sea captain who obtained them in the Orient. They later spread to other coastal locations." Hartwig (1981) mentioned this same event, without citation. Yet Williams made no mention of this key incident in his many extensive writings on soybeans in North Carolina.
Frank W. Hollowell Jr. of Elizabeth City reported in 1982 that in about 1880 his grandfather, Christopher Wilson Hollowell, planted soybeans on his "Bay Side" plantation in Pasquotank County, in the northeast corner of North Carolina. These soybeans were obtained from China by a friend. Mr. Hollowell died in 1892. 


http://ncsoy.org/media-resources/uses-of-soybeans/
http://www.edmunds.com/car-technology/renewable-and-recycled-materials-help-make-cars-green. 
http://www.soyinfocenter.com/HSS/north_carolina.phphtml
http://www.ncmarkers.com/Markers.aspx?MarkerId=A-70


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Friday, December 11, 2015

Cadillac's new Crossover | Introducing the Cadillac XT5

          Farewell Cadillac SRX you have been a wonderful crossover, but your time is done. Once Cadillac’s best-selling luxury mid-size crossover (released in 2004), has run its course. Set to take its place is the newly unveiled Cadillac XT5, one of Cadillac’s four new crossovers that will bear the XT badge in the coming years.
          
           The XT5 is the second new vehicle released under Cadillac’s new unified classification. The recently released CT6, Cadillac’s new luxury sedan, carries the CT name designation for cars. While Cadillac’s new crossover vehicles will carry the XT label. The XT5 will replace the current crossover, the SRX, with lighter and more efficient materials, more room, a new V6 engine, transmission and shifter, chassis and new technology, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The XT5’s exterior design is modernized, featuring a more aggressive stance, well-rounded presence and sharper lines. While its basic shape and proportion looks similar, the XT5 is larger and wider than the SRX.

           When in Drive or Reverse, available Surround Vision provides a bird’s-eye view of your vehicle and the areas immediately surrounding it. This view, projected on the Cadillac CUE screen, gives you a brand new perspective that helps to reduce blind spots and increase your awareness. The available Rear Camera Mirror streams a live, unobstructed view of what’s behind you directly through the rearview mirror. This feature offers 300 percent more vision than an ordinary mirror and it can revert back to normal with the flip of a switch.

            The Cadillac XT5 has striking horizontal lines that give it a serious and sporty look. The front end has shorter headlights, large LED daytime running lights. The side profile is longer and more level lines. The rear has some featured design upgrades as well. 
The cabin is light, spacious, simple and elegant with strong horizontal lines. The dash is covered in cut-and-sewn pieces, some with both leather and Alcantara contrasting materials. It’s clear that the team worked hard to reduce clutter and create a more refined space. Comfort and practicality are evident as well; rear legroom has been increased by 3.2” and the rear seat reclines and slides forward and backward. 

           The 3.6L V6 Engine with Eight Speed Automatic Transmission delivers effortless acceleration that takes you to highway speeds quietly and smoothly, while the responsive handling keeps you feeling firmly in control. A smooth ride that you control. Real Time Damping Suspension monitors road and vehicle inputs to help reduce vibrations and maintain a smooth ride over rough roads. And with Driver Select Mode, you can choose between three distinct driving feels: Touring Mode for everyday driving; Snow/AWD Mode for safe handling in inclement weather; and Sport Mode for an exceptionally engaging experience. 

          The XT5 is 278 pounds lighter than the SRX. (Competitively, it weighs 695 pounds less than the Mercedes-Benz GLE, and 100 pounds less than the Audi Q5. The XT5 is set to compete with the likes of the Lexus RX, BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE-Class.

The Cadillac XT5 is expected to go on sale by early 2016 and will be shipped as a 2017.

Friday, November 20, 2015

2016 Cadillac CT6 | Watch Out Mercedes, Audi and BMW

2016 Cadillac CT6, Luxury Sedan, Biggs Cadillac, ELizabeth City, NC





















Cadillac is increasing its visibility in the market by enlarging the number of models in the line up. Two have already been announced for 2016, the Cadillac CT6 and XT5. This will allow Cadillac to more competitive with the European makes.  The Cadillac CT6 is a big luxury sedan,  coming early in 2016. The European competition has been warned. The CT6 brings you innovative technology, comfort, and classic luxury. It calls your attention and has nothing to be shy about. 

​Just a few on the list of innovative technology items are: 


  • Rear Camera Mirror
  • Reclining Rear Seats  
  • Night Vision 

Cadillac, Rear Camera Mirror, Biggs Cadillac, Elizabeth City, NC

The Cadillac CT6 sits on a strong yet lightweight chassis, has an 8 speed automatic transmission, available 400 HP 3.0 L V6 Twin Turbo engine, and an exquisite interior. Is your mouth watering yet? Read More - See More

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2016 Buick Cascada

2016 Buick Cascada, Biggs, Cadillac, Elizabeth City, NC, new car dealership,
2016 Buick Cascada coming this Spring
The 2016 Buick Cascada will be hitting the showroom floors in early Spring. Finally an affordable luxury convertible, with a price tag starting at $33,999. Equipped with all the safety features and technology you expect from Buick, including Buick Intellilink & 4G Wi-Fi Hot Spot.
The all-new Cascada expresses the pure fun of driving a convertible. Whether the soft-top is up or down, you’ll feel the unmistakable thrill of the open road.
Sign- up for our Newsletter and be one of the first to know when the Buick Cascada ​will arrive in Elizabeth City.
2 Models available 1SV and the Premium​​​ edition. The 1SV pricing starts at $33,999 and Premium at $36,990.







CASCADA 1SV
​1.6L Turbo Engine
Leather Heated Front Seats
Leather Heated Steering Wheel
Rear Vision Camera
Remote Start
Buick® IntelliLink® Audio System with Navigation
20" Aluminum Wheels

2016 Buick Cascada, Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC, Elizabeth City, NC, Convertible, new car dealer
A Stylish Convertible  - Buick Cascada
features, interior, 2016 Buick Cascada, Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC, Elizabeth City, NC, New Car dealership
With all the features you expect and more, are in the Buick Cascada
fold down rear seats, interior, 2016 Buick Cascada, seating for 4
Seating for 4 and fold down rear seats for versatility

​CASCADA Premium includes the 1SV trim plus
Front Seat Air Deflector
Rear Seat Air Deflector
Drive Confidence Package:
Front Collision Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Rain ​​​​​​​Sensor Wipers
Articulating headlamps, front fog lights, daytime running lights, black convertible folding, acoustically and thermally insulated roof are a few of the features on both the 1SV and Premium models.

Along with the sporty and spirited 1.6L turbo-charged engine, a sport lowered chassis, StabiliTrak technology, 20 inch wheels and HiPer Strut suspension that ensure your ride is as responsive as it is smooth. Both models are Front Wheel Drive and come with a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission

2016 Buick Cascada, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Biggs Cadillac, Elizabeth City, NC, new car dealership

Advanced technologies including available OnStar® 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot keep you connected, while the Remote Vehicle Starter and Rear Vision Camera make life easier. The advanced Buick IntelliLink† with 7" diagonal touch screen lets you play your favorite music or make hands-free calls with ease. 8-way power driver & front passenger seat, Air bag front Passenger Sensing System, Audio system feature, premium 7-speaker system,Bluetooth® wireless technology, Cruise control, rear-window defogger, and Floor mats, premium carpeted front and rear are just a few of the other features.

Monday, June 29, 2015

For all the NON Techies | Cadillac Buick GMC How to Videos

Okay. So excited.. you just bought a new Cadillac, Buick or GMC. But, you are not Techy enough to understand all of the newer features and you don't want to study the manual that comes with the vehicle. Maybe you didn't get a manual. No worries.. Videos are available online for you. 

Our website has many for you at http://www.biggscadillac.com/HowtoVideos

 The Power Seat Controls could be simpler with this Video - For the #GMC #Terrain.



Understanding the Buick Encore's Driver Information Center - how to use it and change the settings.



You Love your new Cadillac, but haven't quite mastered CUE..




If you need more help check out the these You Tube Channels

for more How to Videos.