Detroit Man Who Walks 21 Miles To, From Work Receives New Car

James Robertson, 56, stands next to his free 2015 Ford Taurus from Suburban Ford in Sterling Heights on Feb. 6, 2015, as part of a continuing showing of community support after a story of his dedication and journey on his 21 mile walk to and from work.PlayRyan Garza/Detroit Free Press/AP Photo
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The Detroit man who made national headlines for walking his 21-mile commute to and from work broke down after receiving a new car.

James Robertson, a factory worker from Detroit, has been walking over 10 miles to and from his job for the past 10 years since his last car broke down.

On Friday, a local Ford dealership invited Robertson to test drive cars and surprised him with a new red Ford Taurus.

“I don’t like it. I love it,” he said, sitting in his new car. “If only my parents could see me now.”

PHOTO: In this Jan. 29, 2015, photo, James Robertson toward Woodward Aveune in Detroit to catch his morning bus to Somerset Collection in Troy before walking to his job at Schain Mold & Engineering in Rochester Hills. Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press/AP Photo
In this Jan. 29, 2015, photo, James Robertson toward Woodward Aveune in Detroit to catch his morning bus to Somerset Collection in Troy before walking to his job at Schain Mold & Engineering in Rochester Hills.

Robertson walks most of his 20-plus mile commute daily, leaving his home in Detroit early each morning to get to work at a $10.55 per hour factory job in time for his 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. shift.