The car was unveiled at the 1980 Chicago Auto Show.
The car was Mercury’s answer to America’s driving needs in the late 1980s and beyond. The prototype featured an aerodynamic design, lightweight construction and a 1,200-pound electric hybrid power system. Anster was approximately the size of a Mercury Bobcat, and could seat 4-passengers (2-regular seats and 2-jump seats). A comprehensive computer-controlled electronic map display could be programmed to give detours and alternate routes, plus, the instrument panel displayed a computer-calculated average distance required to stop the car.
The Anster had a plastic body and electric motors in all four wheels.