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

"I don't like it. I love it."

ByCorinne Cathcart and Katie Kindelan
February 07, 2015, 9:11 AM

— -- 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.
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

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.

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