Valentine's Day

These are the top three red vehicles to lease for Valentine's Day

This Audi A6 sports a Red Metallic paint job.

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Don't blink or you'll miss Valentine's Day. Wantalease.com, the nation's first online marketplace for new lease deals, has narrowed down the search for red vehicles this Valentine's Day forecasting which will be best to lease in February.

"It's apparent that manufacturers are still holding steady to many of the discounts they offered throughout the holiday season to kick off the new year," said Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of Wantalease.com. "With tax season just around the corner, many automotive brands will surely continue to offer attractive lease deals moving into April."

2020 Subaru Legacy The Subaru Legacy comes I Crimson Pearl Red.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

The top three red vehicles to lease for Valentine's Day are as follows:

The Audi A6 Premium in Red Metallic: The Audi A6 saw the largest price drop in January, with a -14.51% decrease in price. The vehicle is currently priced at $419 per month and offers a variety of tech options such as Apple Carplay, Amazon Alexa and SiriusXM to name a few.

The Subaru Legacy 2.5i in Crimson Red Pearl: The Subaru Legacy experienced a -4.46% price drop in January, bringing monthly lease payments down to $308 per month. The vehicle boasts a symmetrical all-wheel drive system as well as premium driver assist technology.

The Ford Explorer in Ruby Red: The Ford Explorer is another vehicle that experienced a significant price drop in January. The Explorer had a -12.84% price drop, bringing monthly payments to just $289. The vehicle has intelligent 4WD that optimizes powertrain and braking systems, allowing the vehicle to deliver the right amount of traction to match all driving conditions.

While the Explorer, Legacy and A6 experienced the greatest price drops in January, the Nissan Sentra is the most affordable vehicle of the month. The Sentra has maintained its price for the past three months, with monthly payments as low as $139.

Which vehicles aren't a deal this month? According to Wantalease.com, the vehicles with the largest increase in monthly payment are the Chevrolet Equinox with a +15.92% increase, and the Ford Ranger with a +11.87% increase in price.

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Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of Hyundai, has announced the formation of a new unit - New Horizons Studio. The new venture is focused on the development of what Hyundai calls Ultimate Mobility Vehicles (UMVs).

New Horizons Studio is part of Hyundai's larger focus on the future of mobility. Unit workers will work to envision vehicles that wander with "unprecedented mobility". These products will focus on target customers that have unconventional travel needs whether it be to access places they have never been or adapt their mobility limitations to their surroundings.

Hyundai 'Elevate' Walking Car Concept

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New Horizons Studio is led by Vice President Dr. John Suh, who has held several leadership roles at Hyundai Motor Group since 2011. He served as founding director of Hyundai Ventures, and then led Hyundai CRADLE (Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences) as its founding director based in Silicon Valley. He brings over 35 years of expertise in the automotive and emerging technology sectors, including roles at Stanford University, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC; formerly, Xerox PARC), and General Motors Company.

"We aim to create the world's first transformer-class vehicle, also known as the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle," said Dr. Suh.

Dr. Ernestine Fu will move to New Horizons Studio as Director of Product Management. She has led research on human operator and autonomous vehicle interactions at Stanford University's Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab, as well as scaled emerging technology companies for over nine years as a venture capital partner at Alsop Louie Partners.

The Hyundai Elevate is the first vehicle being developed by the Studio. It debuted at CES 2019 and does not rely solely on wheels to makes it way across urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. The unit sees the Elevate as being able to respond in emergency situations like natural disasters or assist with persons who do not have access to an ADA ramp.

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The Continental GT Mulliner is Bentley's newest high-end offering.

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The Continental GT Mulliner has been added to the Bentley stable joining other models that represent the finest the super-luxury brand has to offer. The Mulliner brand offers buyers a wider variety of customization than the traditional Bentley lineup of vehicles.

The new model features a 'Double Diamond' matrix grille at the front, complimented by matching front fender vents at the sides that feature black and silver design with chromed Mulliner branding. Satin Silver mirror caps with Mulliner Welcome Lamps beneath, and illuminated outer door sills with Mulliner text take residence on the side of the vehicle.

Bentley Continental GT Mulliner 

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Bentley has given the model 22-inch Mulliner wheels with a painted and polished finish. The centre badge of each wheel is self-leveling, keeping its Bentley logo upright at all times.

The cabin of the Continental GT is already plush but the Mulliner brand touch takes the level of sophistication and refinement up a notch. The color split in the cabin is exclusive to the car, with a new combination of primary and secondary hide joined by a third color through a flowing design line.

Mulliner proposes eight different three-color combinations for order, using Bentley's palette of hides and threads to create a contrast throughout the cabin. "Diamond in Diamond" quilting to the seats, doors trims, and rear quarter panels are standard. The quilting consists of nearly 400,000 stitches with each diamond containing 712 stitches.

Each seat in the car is finished with an embroidered Mulliner logo. The floor mats are edged with micro-piping to match the rest of the color theme of the interior. The roof of the cabin is trimmed along its full length with indented hide, or smooth hide to match the seat backs if a buyer chooses the fixed glass roof instead.

The center console is made of a diamond milled technical finish that is flanked by Grand Black walnut veneer and chrome overlays. At the center is a Breitling clock. The passenger side fascia is finished with a silhouette of the car's exterior profile and the Mulliner logo.

The interior appointments can be personalized further with a range of 88 contemporary, colorized veneer finishes that can be matched to the interior or exterior of the car. Burr walnut veneer is hand sanded and polished to produce a perfectly smooth finish before painting to match the colour of the customer's choice. Once dry, the veneer is polished to achieve a mirror-like finish.

Buyers are able to choose whether their Bentley model is powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine or a 4.0-liter V8. The 12-cylinder gets 626 brake horsepower and the V8 achieves 542 brake horsepower. Both engines come standard with 48-volt active anti-roll technology.

Orders for both coupe and convertible versions of the Continental GT Mulliner will be taken starting in October. The first deliveries begin early next year.

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