Consumer vehicle markets are expanding in the US early in 2014, bolstered by the sales of light trucks which are up 12.7% over April of 2013 and 15.4% year to date from 2013. The SUV/Cross-over market is also up 10.1% year to date. The strong sales may be a reaction to a historically brutally cold winter throughout swaths of North America. The car market, contrary to the overall trend, is down 1.8% YTD from 2013.According to a Ford economists, the car market is also expected to expand in 2014; consumers are expected to more than make up for the slow sales through the first three months of the year over the next nine. Indeed, April car sales are up 3.6% over sales in April of last year.