AUTOSHOW-GM to offer "NEV subsidy" in China on Buick Velite plug-in

SHANGHAI, April 18 (Reuters) - General Motors Co said

on Tuesday it would offer a 36,000 yuan ($5,233) discount to

Chinese buyers on its Buick Velite plug-in hybrid car when it

goes on sale in the country later this year.

The carmaker said it would offer the "new energy vehicle"

subsidy due to uncertainty over Chinese government subsidies for

such vehicles. The Velite gets power from an electric battery

system that is recharged using a small gasoline engine.

GM's Buick brand made the announcement at an event ahead of

the Shanghai auto show that opens later this week.

($1 = 6.8795 Chinese yuan renminbi)

(Reporting by Joe White; Editing by Mark Potter)