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Automobile manufacturers filed a lawsuit today in Fresno to block California´s tough vehicle emissions standards.

The manufacturers argue in their lawsuit that the state´s standards, which could set a coast-to-coast precedent, must by law be the responsibility of the federal government.

The suit had been expected ever since the regulations were adopted.

California´s regulations are set to be phased in beginning in 2009.

They would cut exhaust emissions in cars and light trucks by 25 percent and in larger trucks and S-U-Vs by 18 percent, according to California Air Resources Board estimates.