Franklin — The largest automaker in Europe, Volkswagen, reported a significant IT failure on Wednesday, adding that as a result, production at the automaker’s eponymous brand in Germany had been halted.
According to Volkswagen, the whole group—which also includes the Porsche AG and Audi brands—was impacted.
A representative for Audi acknowledged that the division’s production had also been interrupted, adding that the severity of the impact was presently being assessed. Porsche AG was unable to comment right away.
Volkswagen reported an unidentified “IT malfunction of network components” at the automaker’s location in Wolfsburg, which serves as its global headquarters.
The issue, which has been present since 2:30 p.m. (CET), is being investigated. Plants that make vehicles are affected, according to the association.
The company added that efforts to rectify the issue were of the utmost importance and were already well underway. Volkswagen stated that according to current analyses, an external attack is unlikely to be the cause of the system malfunction.