Green Car Journal will announce its annual Green Car of the Year on Dec. 3 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This year’s finalists are:

· Audi A3 TDI

· Honda Insight

· Mercury Milan Hybrid

· Toyota Prius

· Volkswagen Golf TDI

Now, everyone considers automotive as a pretty “dirty” industry (emissions, foam, plastics, etc.). As long as there is a need for cars and many public modes of transportation as we know them today, there will be emissions. But there is a vision of a cleaner industry (the cars above are showing that they’re getting there) – and many are working to enable a cleaner future for automobiles.

One example is Airfoil client, tier one auto supplier Faurecia. An annual exhibitor at the LA Auto Show, Faurecia will showcase how it is taking further steps to help make lighter, less polluting and cleaner vehicles through advances in seating, vehicle interiors, front ends and emissions control technologies. Faurecia is a supplier to three of the five Green Car of the Year nominees.

Automakers and suppliers working together to make better and more efficient cars is the kind of collaboration the industry needs to move forward. Think about all of the different groups that are involved in bringing new innovations to market, from research and development, to marketing and communications teams, to engineers and designers – even down to the human resources professionals helping to find the right people to make things happen. It takes a village, right?

Ford recently expanded its Aligned Business Framework (ABF), a network of key suppliers Ford has chosen for long-term relationships and closer collaboration. ABF companies enter into long-term relationships with Ford to strengthen collaboration and drive mutual profitability and technology development. Closer collaboration – a big step in a positive direction for the auto industry.

The LA Auto Show press days will be held Dec. 2-3. Look for more here on the LA Auto Show in early December.

— Jenn Korail