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Porsche Automobil Holding has been the most active automotive greenfield investor between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024, according to GlobalData’s FDI Projects Database. The parent company has been actively investing through several of its subsidiaries/company divisions.

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Greenfield foreign direct investment is when a company invests abroad to establish a new physical presence or expand an existing operation. Greenfield investments create jobs and/or involve a capital investment into the foreign location. Other forms of FDI such as mergers and acquisitions are not included as part of this definition.

The majority of Porsche Automobil Holding investments were in the passenger cars subsector. In fact, 32.7% of its total foreign investments were in this subsector. It also created projects across a further 29 subsectors.

By business function, most (35.7%) of Porsche Automobil Holding projects were related to manufacturing.

R&D and MRO (maintenance & repair operations) were the next most popular operations undertaken by Porsche Automobil Holding.

The company has been active across eight world regions, mainly focused on Asia which received 24% of the company’s greenfield investments between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024.

Its top three destination countries (by number of greenfield FDI projects) were the US, India and China. Combined these three countries account for 41% of its total number of automotive investments.

Porsche Automobil Holding created more FDI projects in 2020 compared to any other year between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024.

Other leading FDI project generators in the automotive industry include Tesla, Toyota Motor, Mercedes-Benz Group and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

Germany is the leading source market for outbound automotive greenfield FDI projects. The country accounts for 20.3% of total outbound automotive investment projects. There have been 139 unique parent companies from Germany that have announced automotive FDI projects between between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024.

To further understand the top automotive FDI companies, access GlobalData’s Top Automotive Foreign Direct Investment Companies report.

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