Lithium Americas Corp.
TSX : LAC

Lithium Americas Corp.

July 14, 2010 08:00 ET

Lithium Americas Corp. Adds George Pirie to Its Board of Directors

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) - Lithium Americas Corp. (TSX:LAC) ("Lithium Americas" or the "Company"), is pleased to announce the appointment of George Pirie to the Company's board of directors.

Mr. Pirie is an accomplished mining executive with over 29 years of experience in exploration and production companies. He was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of Breakwater Resources Ltd. and prior to that, he held a series of progressively more senior positions during a distinguished 20 year career at Placer Dome Inc., including Chief Financial Officer, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Placer Dome Canada, and Executive Vice President of Placer Dome Inc. Mr. Pirie also has extensive board of director experience having served on a number of boards, including the Mining Association of Canada. Among other roles, he is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Northern Star Mining Corporation.

"On behalf of Lithium Americas, I would like to welcome George to the board of directors of the Company," stated Waldo Perez, President and CEO of Lithium Americas. "George's extensive knowledge of the mining industry and his wealth of experience as a senior business executive will serve the Company well as it begins the transition from an exploration to a development company. We are extremely pleased to have someone of his stature join us at this important and exciting point in our corporate development."

About the Company

Lithium Americas Corp. is a junior exploration company focused on the exploration of lithium, potassium, borax and other minerals in South America. The Company's principal and most advanced property comprises a significant portion of two adjacent Argentinean salt lakes, Cauchari and Olaroz, covering 43,451 hectares located in the Puna Plateau. The Puna Plateau is the most prolific brine reserve region globally, hosting approximately 84 percent of the world's lithium brine reserves. Based on an NI 43-101 compliant inferred in situ resource estimate of 1.58 x 1012 litres with average grade of 584 mg/L lithium and 4,860 mg/L potassium (equivalent to 4.9 million tonnes of lithium carbonate and 7.7 million tonnes of potassium), Lithium Americas' principal property is one of the largest known lithium brine deposits in the world. The Company believes the Cauchari and Olaroz property has the potential of becoming a world-class lithium deposit in both size and quality.

John Kieley, P. Geo. is the internal Qualified Person on the project who has reviewed this news release and is responsible for the technical information reported herein.

Certain information contained in this news release is based on the Company's NI 43-101 compliant technical report titled "Amended Inferred Resource Estimation Of Lithium and Potassium at the Cauchari and Olaroz Salars, Jujuy Province, Argentina" dated February 15, 2010, prepared for Lithium Americas Corp. by Mark King, a "qualified person" pursuant to NI 43-101, which can be viewed on the Company's website or at www.sedar.com, under the Company's profile. Inferred resources have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or prefeasibility studies, except in rare cases. Investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of an inferred resource can be upgraded to an indicated or measured resource, or is economically mineable.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which can be identified by the use of statements that include words such as "could", "potential", "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "intend", "plan", "likely", "will" or other similar words or phrases. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligations, to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Readers should review the Company's prospectus dated May 6, 2010 for a list of risks associated with the Company and its business.

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