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Volkswagen hit by IT outage, brand vehicle production in Germany halted

Volkswagen said there had been an unspecified IT malfunction at its global headquarters in Wolfsburg. (Reuters pic)

FRANKFURT: Volkswagen was hit by a major IT outage on Wednesday, Europe’s top carmaker said, adding that production at the carmaker’s namesake brand in Germany had come to a halt as a result.

Volkswagen said that the whole group, which includes the Porsche AG and Audi brands, was affected.

A spokesman for Audi confirmed that production at the division had been impacted, too, adding it was currently being analysed to what extent.

Porsche AG had no immediate comment.

Volkswagen said there had been an unspecified “IT malfunction of network components” at the carmaker’s site in Wolfsburg, its global headquarters.

“The fault has been present since 12.30pm and is currently being analysed. There are implications for vehicle-producing plants,” the group said.

“According to current analyses, an external attack is unlikely to be the cause of the system malfunction,” Volkswagen said, adding that efforts to fix the problem were of the highest priority and well under way.