Toyota will postpone scaling down its production facilities at a plant in Tahara, Aichi Prefecture, to maintain its readiness to boost production to make up for an output fall caused by the March earthquake, company officials said.

Toyota had planned to reduce the plant's production lines from three to two at the end of this year, but now plans to do so next spring, the officials told Kyodo News.

The move comes as the automaker has decided to let its employees work on holidays for a total of 20 days from September to March next year.

According to the cutback plan Toyota announced in May last year, saying its domestic production facilities were excessive, the plant's production capacity will fall to 400,000 units a year, or two-thirds of the current capacity.

The plant, one of the automaker's mainstay factories, produces Toyota's high-end cars such as Lexus models.