Thank you for alerting us about this. I wonder, were the spots in areas where the vehicle is not covered by that plastic barrier or tape that gets removed after being transported?Quick version: Our new Ariya that just arrived in California had severe water or chemical deposits on the paint that are not removable with detailing. Our dealer identified other Ariyas with similar issues. Check the paint on a new Ariya carefully prior to accepting delivery.
Details: We ordered an Ariya in the deep ocean blue pearl / black. It arrived a week ago, but was not ready to pick-up due to what looked like heavy hard water deposits on the paint, especially around the tailgate and the rear window. The dealer sent it in for detailing.
The detailer was unable to entirely remove the deposits, and they were still very visible. We were concerned that the deposits, besides being cosmetic defects, might indicate an underlying issue with the paint. So the dealer found another vehicle that matched ours and transported it to our location. It also had the un-removable deposits. The dealer offered to find us another Ariya, and we decided to look at other colors in case this was primarily an issue with the blue paint.
The dealer did locate another vehicle for us in another color without the deposits, but in the process of talking to other dealers found that at least one other dealer found similar deposits on other colors as well (black was the example given); it sounds like Nissan USA has received multiple claims on this issue.
For those accepting delivery of a new vehicle in, at least, California, check that paint job very thoroughly before finalizing the deal. If there are what look like hard water deposits on the vehicle, have the dealer remove them before you take delivery of the vehicle, to make sure they can be removed.