Unfortunately for you David, Akio Toyoda is an enthusiast, while his board likely isn't. And of course, your priorities are different (A to B with the minimal cost to operate)
Anyway, most of these Camry buyers have and are moving to SUVs. Camrys don't necessarily need to change, but buyers' tastes already have and all Toyota has to do is make more Highlanders and RAVs while cutting back on car production.
If you think I'm no car enthusiast you are wrong.
I had my share of fun to drive cars and loved my audi 100, 325 and passat, but I switched to cheaper and more reliable hondas and toyotas and was very surprised when the much more exiting to drive gen 7 was introduced. I liked all my cars and done plenty of modifications and DIY's on them, But in order to like my car the car has to be more than an econobox.
Have you ever thought that a lot of ppl moving to SUV's just cuz modern cars got bland and too amorphic or even worse- ugly? Speaking about Camry, more than a year ago one of the Toyota managers I spoke with said that a lot of ppl complaining about the 2015+ Camry and going with the Rav4 or used vehicles or simply leaving the dealership and buying something else. Personally I don't like the Rav4, but if I had to choose between a Camry and a Rav4, I'd go with a Rav just because it looks better, has nicer interior design and materials and better resale.
The new Camry is pretty ugly and disproportional. Its interior looks nice, but according to someone I know, the 2018 sitting position is too low and there a lot of questionable things interior wise.
Akio went in the wrong direction. He's wants to please Camry haters, that constantly complain about it been boring, bland, unexciting and forgot about buyers that were buying Camry since its release. Don't get me wrong, better handling and steering is a great thing and even if most of the Camry buyers don't really care about it, they would appreciate it more or less, unless it would effect the comfort and it sure would bring younger buyers into the Camry camp, but going with such ugliish-cartoonish design is a huge mistake. Most ppl do not buy ugly and weird looking thing even if they are comfortable and reliable.