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At least six major automakers — including Ford, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and Volvo — and more than two dozen national governments pledged Wednesday to work toward phasing out sales of new gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 worldwide, and by 2035 in “leading markets.”

But some of the world’s biggest car manufacturers, including Toyota, Volkswagen and the Nissan-Renault alliance, did not join the pledge, which is not legally binding. The governments of the United States, China and Japan — three of the largest car markets — also abstained.

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