Premium luxury vehicles are in high demand in Silicon Valley, importers of the high-priced models tell Ward's. While the premium market has soared 17% nationally, it has gone up 22.6% in the San Francisco region and an astonishing 45% in Silicon Valley, says Jack McDonough, general manager of Mercedes-Benz U.S.A. Inc.'s San Francisco region. “We shipped 55% more vehicles in the first four months of this year than for the first four months of '99,” Mr. McDonough says. Mercedes' supply in ...

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