In 1996. BMW introduced 4. generations of Serie 5 - E39 . The car designed Joji Nagashima, inventor and designer born (1955.) in Tokyo and educated in the US, employe of BMW since 1988. Because of timeless design and superb engines performance, the model was known as 'the best sedan ever made'. In 1998. production of E39 M5 serie began and became 'fastest saloon car on the planet'. From '98-'03. BMW produced 20.482 of M5 with three version of engine. In 2001. facelift was done, and since then E39 became timeless ultimate driving machine with true fans all over the world. They are know as 'Angels' because of facelift model headlights nickname - 'angel eyes'. Production ended in May of 2003. with closing number of 1.533.123 cars made.