What’s in a name? Often there isn’t much to a name really, it’s a handle or a tagline used simply so we have a term for referring to something or someone. But there are other times when a name is a clue, referring to origin or even character or purpose. So when Toyota named its go-faster Corolla the ‘Blade Master-G’, it’s more than just a name, it’s a statement. Like a cross between a gangster rapper and a samurai warrior is the Blade a vehicle designed to entertain, to frighten, or to cut up anything who gets in its way? Is the tough name all talk or has this Japanese domestic market special got some bite to back its bark? Car and SUV got behind the wheel of the new to NZ, Toyota Blade to find out exactly what makes it tick.
From the outset the Blade is an extremely interesting prospect. Tailored mainly for the Japanese market it’s being imported in small numbers to NZ through Toyota’s successful Signature Range. Based on the Corolla hatch, the Blade is a genuine performance variant, something we haven’t had here for quite some time.
So will the Blade be noticed among the populous ranks of tenth-generation Corollas here in NZ? It would take a keen eye to spot the Blade, that said, it’s not entirely a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The proportions are the same as the standard Corolla but key differences lay in the Blade’s front and particularly rear lights, which are more striking, clear lens. The front bumper and grille is more bulky and aggressive than the standard Corolla and side skirting adds to the low, athletic demeanor. Finishing the look is unique Blade badging and 17-inch 5-spoke factory rims that almost fill out the guards. Overall, the Blade design is a mix of the familiar and the foreign, Toyota has some success in making the Corolla look sportier but it’s still unlikely to strike fear into other hot hatch owners. Continue reading “Toyota Blade Master-G 2007 Review” »