Special Report

Brands That Will Disappear in 2020

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6. Will & Grace

The final episode of the long-running NBC sitcom “Will & Grace” will air in 2020. The sitcom followed an unusual trajectory, first airing in 1998 and lasting for eight seasons until 2006. The show returned in 2017 for a ninth season, and the series will end next year with the eleventh season. After the final season, the show will have run for 246 episodes. “Will & Grace,” which centered around two gay men, was groundbreaking for its portrayal of LGBTQ issues.

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7. Fiat 500

Italian automaker Fiat brought its 500 model — a compact car designed to compete with the Volkswagen Beetle — to the American market in 2011. Initially a relative success, the Fiat 500’s fortunes quickly changed. Fiat sold 46,999 units of its 500 model to American motorists in 2012. Sales fell by 22.6% the following year and continued to fall every year since. In September 2019, the company announced plans to discontinue the car in the United States. At the time, the company had sold less than 2,600 500 models in 2019.

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8. Sunnyside

Sunnyside, an NBC sitcom that premiered in late September, will not return to network television in 2020. The show, a comedy starring Hollywood veteran Kal Penn, was the lowest rated of the over a dozen shows that premiered on major networks around the same time. NBC only aired four of the series’ 11 episodes and the remaining episodes will be available for online streaming only.

9. Infiniti QX30

Crossovers and SUVs are surging in popularity with American motorists. But even in such favorable market conditions, some of those vehicles are doomed to fail. One such failure is Infiniti’s QX30, which, after just four years on the market, will not be renewed for the 2020 model year. The Japanese automaker sold about 14,000 QX30s in the U.S. in 2017. Sales fell to about 8,000 the following year and about 3,000 so far in 2019. Nissan, Infiniti’s parent company, cited the weak sales as a reason to kill the model. Dealerships will continue to sell 2019 QX30s into 2020 as long as supplies last.

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10. Windows 7

Windows 7, one of the most popular operating systems in history, will no longer be supported by Microsoft in 2020. Windows 7 was introduced in 2009 and eventually became the most widely used Windows system in the world. The OS remained in the top spot for three and a half years after Windows 10 was released, finally yielding to its successor at the end of 2018, when it held 36.9% of market share compared to Windows 10’s 39.2% share.

When Microsoft pulls support for Windows 7 on Jan. 14, 2020, the system will still work for those using it, but it could become vulnerable to security risks.