BMW Mfg. Corp. launches output of the revamped ’04 X5 SUV at its assembly plant in Spartanburg, SC. BMW says it made the switch to the ’04 version seamlessly, with only a 10-car gap in the assembly line between the last of the ’03 X5s and the first of the new models. The ’04 X5 features more than 2,100 new parts, and offers a choice of three engines: a 225-hp 3L gasoline 6-cyl., a 215-hp 6-cyl. diesel and 4.4L 315-hp 8-cyl. The gasoline engines are mated to a new 6-speed automatic ...

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