An early 1990s Toyota Camry is world-renowned as not only the car your parents probably had growing up, but also as the one of the beigest of beigemobiles ever created. It is your generic "car," when one has to think of some "car." So the fact that it might be a herald of the 21st century was frightening.
The 1992 Toyota Camry wasn't the only one to try out a vague idea of the future as a marketing ploy for a fairly dreary mode of transportation. Geo tried it, too, with their Geo Metro. But the Camry and the Metro were dreary in different ways.