No doubt true. My understanding is that General's Arctic 12 addresses wear over the original Arctic that Bridgestone is attempting with the WS90 over the WS80. Fix something that was amiss without screwing up what works.The Generals Altimax Artics wear much faster then the Blizzaks. I would need a new set of fronts every season when I had my Rio and Fit.
The Arctic 12 wore well and delivered the traction in some bad storms last year. It's not a WS80 replacement, but worth considering especially if you are on a budget.