Now, I don't want to get all mean, but what is going on at Toyota? Sales are down, and the cars, well, I wouldn't want to lay claim to authorship.
Have you seen the Corolla? It went from a bland kind of somewhat ugly, to an overworked, "look-at-me" kind of really ugly. They seem to have tried to fit each and every one of the Camry's curves and bumps onto the smaller car, and it looks like it just barely survived. And sibling Matrix was never much of a looker. Poor thing.
Not that the Camry was such a great thing to try to copy. It so badly wishes it was born a BMW it hurts. In the end, the design is not bad, but seems more scatter brained than its arch rival, the new Accord. And languishing off to the side is the Avalon. Not getting a whole lot of attention now that Prius and Yaris are stealing the show.
I don't even want to start on the CUVs, SUVs, and trucks. Not that I am much of a fan of any of these sorts of vehicles, but if I was needing to teeter up high in some sort of cart-wheeling, leather padded cell, well, I'd look for one that I didn't feel sorry for.
The bottom line: Toyota's sales are down at a time they should be taking off. Toyota is mighty happy it isnt GM, but if they had cars that looked like something you'd want to wake up to in your driveway, they'd be in an even better position.