Lexus Maintenance Group will close in 2019, the company announced Thursday.
The company said it would be closing a maintenance and operations division, a division that includes the maintenance and engineering division and a unit that handles product warranties and customer service.
“We want to ensure that we have the right people in place to provide our customers with the best possible service and to support them as they transition from Lexus to other brands, it said in a news release.
More than 50,000 employees will be laid off by the end of the year, the announcement said.
A company spokeswoman said the company plans to retire 1,600 employees in 2018 and continue to focus on making changes to its business model.
In 2018, Lexus will sell its U.S. operations to a group of Japanese automakers that will be led by Toyota Motor Corp. The sale, expected to be completed by the middle of 2019, will provide an opportunity for the company to focus its efforts on new growth areas, she said.